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Common Evening Brown (butterfly)

Melanitis leda


The fluttering butterfly caught my attention. It had flown into a web and trying to escape. The Jewelled spider moved in but every time the butterfly struggled, it moved to the other end of the web. When the butterfly stopped struggling the spider came down and started snipping the web above it. I think as the butterfly drops, it swings into more web which would make it easier to wrap up. However this gave the butterfly an opportunity to struggle free. It lived to fly another day.


Grass/herb layer at edge of forest at James Cook University Cairns QLD


Jewelled Spider:

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common evening brown
Melanitis leda Melanitis leda

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1 Comment

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Thank you very much for assistance with the ID 'S Frazier'. I looked through my Field Guide to Australian Butterflies book so many times, and it is still hard to put an ID on it :-)

Andrea Lim
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Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Apr 13, 2013
Submitted on Apr 14, 2013


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