Male, Forewing, under
Male: Forewing, under
|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