Thursday, February 17, 2011

Green-banded Blue Butterfly

Danis hymetis

This little fellow must have been just desperate for a drink. It landed on my finger, when I was rather hot and sweaty from bushwalking, and as you can see, it has its little tongue out and is doing its best!

It seemed at first to be attracted by the bright-coloured shirt worn by one of my companions, but then settled for a finger, and was happy to be passed from hand to hand.
There are a lot of these little butterflies about at the moment, anywhere that their host plants, the Soap Trees Alphitonia excelsa grow.
For more on this useful butterfly host tree, see Jan 2009

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