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Common Brown - male

Heteronympha merope


Really tattered and worn, but still alive! Endemic to Australia.


Along the side of the Hazards Beach trail, in the scrub and grass. As Mark pointed out in his comment, Australia can be really dry and hot. I read that these butterflies will seek refuge in caves or banks to escape the sun.


http://australianbutterfliesphotographed... Will rest in leaf litter and move the position of their wings to regulate their temperature.

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Thanks, Mark. Yes, I was disappointed to see the Cabbage White in Tasmania and New South Wales.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

ID looks right. They are amazingly persistent. Although it's been incredibly dry over the last 3 months they just keep on appearing. (along with Pieris rapae of course :( )

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Tasmania, Australia

Spotted on Jan 15, 2014
Submitted on Mar 14, 2014

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