Fluttering Across Australia

Four butterflies, two stories

Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore, Nymphalidae), Sweers Island, Gulf of Carpentaria. © Bronwen Scott

In 1871, the Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus, Nymphalidae) was recorded in Australia for the first time. A prodigious flier, this American species has spread across the Pacific to South-East Asia, and across the Atlantic to the Azores, Spain, and Morocco. Australian records remained low until about the 1900s. But once the caterpillar host plants — Tropical…



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