Grass-blue
From Adelaide Hills
Ellura
Australian Wanderer
Male, tail pincers / forceps retracted
 
    
Australian Wanderer (Danaus petilia)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Brown Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Nymphalidae)
Species: Australian Wanderer (Danaus petilia)
This Photo:     Male, showing tail pincers / forceps
Other name: Lesser Wanderer

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
One of the more beautiful butterflies in South Australia.
Large and graceful
Body is black with white polka dots.
The wings have gentle brown tones, ending in stark black and white edges.

Copyright © 2011- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Apr-2011
This species is classed as L (Local [Uncommon]) on the South Australian Butterflies & Moths website