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Imperial Blue Butterfly

Jalmenus evagoras


Seen on an acacia on the Mount Tibrogargan walking track, Glasshouse Mountains. I was amazed to discover, whilst researching this butterfly, that its caterpillars secrete a substance that attracts ants... this explains the ant behaviour in this spotting, which was on the same bush:

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KatCuff 9 years ago


Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Lovely !!

Atul 9 years ago

fabulous pic!

ShannaB 9 years ago

Wow, thanks martinl - that's amazing!

MartinL 9 years ago

Nice clear photo Shanna. The males stay around the bushes waiting for the females to emerge from their pupae. She will be mated before her wings are dry enough for flight. If eggs are laid on a bush without ants they will all be infested by predators. Here's one emerging.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great spotting... This is very spectacular one...!!

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4518, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Feb 11, 2012
Submitted on Feb 13, 2012

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