Lesser Wanderer
Danaus petilia

This widespread butterfly is generally uncommon in Adelaide. Caterpillars are similar to the Wanderer caterpillars and normally feed on desert pear a native cotton bush in the north. In Adelaide they have adapted to eat introduced milkweed plants.

You can learn a lot more about this butterfly, on the research-quality website now managed by BCSA, (here)

Key Facts

Size (Male):60mm
Size (Female):60mm
Mature Larva Length:38mm
Months of Flight:jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec
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