Australian Leafwing

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Australian LeafwingGenus: Doleschallia
Species: Doleschallia bisaltide australis
Common names: Australian Leafwing, Australian Rustic
ALA reference

I found the caterpillar of this leafwing butterfly feeding on Pseuderanthemum variable (Love flower) leaves. The butterfly is of medium size and normally settles on a flower to feed with its wings closed where it resembles an autumn leaf. However when it flies it opens its wings to reveal their bright orange upper surfaces surrounded by a broad black border.

(April 2009)