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Some Butterfly Facts

   Number of species:

                              WORLD.................................18,000 - 20,000

                               SOUTH AMERICA...............................8,000

                               ENGLAND................................................65

                               AUSTRALIA...........................................400

                               SOUTH AUSTRALIA...............................74

            Order:

                            Lepidoptera - having scaled wings.

            Largest:

                        Queen Alexander's Birdwing [PNG] with a wing span of 280 mm is

                        the world's largest butterfly.

                        The largest moth has a wingspan of 360 mm.

            Smallest:

                        Zizula hylax [Africa/Asia/Australia] with a wingspan of as little as

                        6mm, is one of the smallest butterflies.

                        The smallest moth has a 2mm wingspan


                                                                                                    Some Plant Facts

                fruit is in a state of putrefaction, or their mineral needs from ground moisture, most depend on nectar from flowers.

                Plants with small flowers, or with clusters of small flowers, are preferred. Recommended are:

Buddleia                 Alyssum                       Queen Anne's Lace                           Hebe

Nicotiana                Scabiosa                       Sedum spectabile                            Thyme

Lantana                  Salvia                            Brachyscome                                   Catmint

                                                      

                                  For a comprehensive list of native nectar plants suitable for South Australia click List1  

                its larval foodplant which is often overlooked by the more popular magazines. Nectar plants are much more 

                colourful and acceptable, and who but the enthusiast would cultivate the stinging nettle, the host plant for one 

                of our more spectacular indigenous species the Admiral? For a listing of larval foodplants relating to our South

                Australian butterflies click List2

                For further and detailed information on South Australian butterflies click here

                   hebe

              lantana

              buddleia

                 

THE COLLECTIVE NOUN

 At the recent Science Show of the South Australian Museum I was asked for the collective noun for a group of butterflies. I was   ignorant so asked our President who is regarded as one of SA's leading gurus in the 'whoa to go' in matters lepidopteran. He had investigated the matter at some time in the past but his memory was lacking. So I had recourse to the internet and after checking out eight pages [there were many more] I came up with the following:

1. Kaleidoscope, swarm, rabble

2. Swarm, rabble

3. Flight, flutter, rabble, swarm

4. Flight, kaleidoscope, rabble, rainbow

5. Swarm, rabble, kaleidoscope, flutter

6. Rainbow, kaleidoscope

7. Swarm

8. Flight, wing

So there you have it although "it" is what you choose with swarm- 5, rabble- 4, kaleidoscope- 4, flight- 3, flutter- 2, rainbow- 2 and wing- 1. 

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