With the Strathbogie Ranges Butterfly festival approaching, it’s exciting to see so many butterflies on the wing already this season. Our recent patches of warm, sunny weather have helped to move things along, though our hardiest butterflies have been around for months.
My first for the season was a Painted Lady on the 27th July, though down towards the plains, not up in the hills. It was a mild, sunny winter’s afternoon and this adult had emerged from wherever it was over-wintering, to enjoy a spot of sun-baking.
In our dry, mild August, Meadow Argus and Australian Emperors started appearing. In the last few days Caper White and Lesser Wanderer butterflies have visited our garden at Boho South. And on a recent outing to the Pyalong district there were Wood White butterflies ‘hill-topping’ on the Black Range (High Camp).
It promises to be a good butterfly season – fingers crossed!