Evening Brown Butterfly

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Evening Brown ButterflyGenus: Melanitis
Species: Melanitis leda
Common names: Evening Brown Butterfly
ALA reference

In addition to large, showy butterflies common in the Reserve, there were quite a few of the cryptic Evening Browns. These are typically flushed from the forest floor revealing a lovely rich orange-brown upperside to their wings. However, they rarely open their wings to reveal this colour when perched, preferring to keep their wings closed. They generally perch on the ground and can be approached quietly for photographing. There are two forms of the Evening Brown – winter (dry season) and summer (wet season). They look quite different, and I have photographed both forms at the Fort. The larvae of the Evening Brown feed on a range of native and introduced grasses. (Deborah Metters)

(November 2013)

During the day this butterfly rests close to the ground, typically on dead leaves, where it is perfectly camouflaged. When disturbed they tend to fly off about 10 to 20 metres before again alighting on dead leaves. However in the early evening, just before it gets dark, they become quite active and can frequently be seen flitting through the undergrowth. Their caterpillars feed on a wide range of grasses, both native and introduced. (April 2008)