Klug's Xenica
Male, Forewing, under
Black-rimmed Brown
Male: Forewing, under
Black-rimmed Brown (Heteronympha merope)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Brown Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Nymphalidae)
Species: Black-rimmed Brown (Heteronympha merope)
This Photo:     Male: dorsal
Other name: Common Brown

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
While we've photographed some 41 specimens, we have only managed to measure 2. A male at ~17mm body length & ~60mm wingspan. Females are considerably larger at ~17mm body length & ~80mm wingspan.
As can be seen the males & females look completely different and easily considered different species.
They also emerge at different times of the year; which doesn't make sense at first. The thinking is that only the strongest males are still alive to mate.
We've seen males in Nov, Dec & Jan; females in Jan, Feb, Mar & Apr. The larva was seen in early Nov.

Similar Species: Klug's Xenica

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Dec-2016
This species is classed as C (Common) on the South Australian Butterflies & Moths website