Desert butterflies

Published 27 Nov 2017 
about  Cravens Peak Reserve  
Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida)<br/> Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida)
Deb seen here at the back of the Volunteer Centre with a Long-tailed Pea-blue (Lampides boeticus).<br/> Deb seen here at the back of the Volunteer Centre with a Long-tailed Pea-blue (Lampides boeticus).
Saltbush Blue (Theclinesthes serpentatus).<br/> Saltbush Blue (Theclinesthes serpentatus).

Deb Bisa, currently volunteering at Cravens Peak, has noted a few butterfly sightings during her stay since early November.

A butterfly list was compiled for the reserve in 2007 and published in the 2009 Cravens Peak Scientific Study conducted by the Royal Queensland Geographic Society. A total of 16 species were recorded.

One of Deb’s sightings has been a male Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida) that was ‘netted’ after a long period of windy days. This species has predominantly a coastal distribution where its food plants occur, and occasional vagrants reach inlands areas. Deb sent a photograph of the recently deceased butterfly to Dr Michael Braby, who confirmed Deb’s observation of a range extension for this species.

Insects are often overlooked but are a primary contributor to food chains. Taxa are recorded in the Bush Heritage properties database but butterflies for Cravens Peak have not yet been added – another job for the future!

Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida)<br/> Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida)
Deb seen here at the back of the Volunteer Centre with a Long-tailed Pea-blue (Lampides boeticus).<br/> Deb seen here at the back of the Volunteer Centre with a Long-tailed Pea-blue (Lampides boeticus).
Saltbush Blue (Theclinesthes serpentatus).<br/> Saltbush Blue (Theclinesthes serpentatus).