Australian Painted Lady
Damaged, can still fly
Ellura
Australian Painted Lady
Forewings Retracted
 
    
Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Brown Butterfly (Papilionoidea: Nymphalidae)
Species: Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)
This Photo:     Under Wings

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee) & in the Adelaide Hills
Medium sized butterfly with 3 blue and 1 black spots (eye mimics) on the rear (outer margin) of the hindwings.
An attractive array of orange, black & white patterns.
They have hairy eyes!
Various specimens are missing some of the black line on the hindwing forward of the black eye spot.
We found 2 specimens that had spurious white spot in the middle of orange patches. However, they are in different places to each other, and not on any others we've found. They look like some sort of invert (eg a white mite), but the spots are in identical places on each side of the wing.

Copyright © 2015- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 13-Sep-2015
This species is classed as C (Common) on the South Australian Butterflies & Moths website