This page contains information and pictures about Common
Aeroplane Butterflies in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Wingspan 65mm
- Common Aeroplane also known as White-banded Plane. We saw the
butterfly a few times along the creeks near Mt
Glorious and along Bulimba Creek in Brisbane. Notice the pattern on their wings look like a
cat face. This explains why they dare to glide freely and not worry about
being preyed by birds.
- The butterfly glides with their wings straight flat. It looks similar to
the Common Crow Butterfly but can be distinguished
by the way they fly. When rest, they like to rest on leaf about two
meters above ground.
- Length up to 30mm
- The caterpillar is well-camouflaged on the leave. It just looked like
one of the broken dry edges it made on the leave. The Caterpillar is
coloured with patches of grayish-green and brown. It has five pairs of
spiny filaments, with the largest pair on thorax. The pupa is patchy
brown, hangs under leaf of food plant.
- Chinese Elm
- Celtis sinensis
- Above picture shows the plant, Chinese Elm (Celtis sinensis) ,
that we found the caterpillar.
- 1. Butterflies of Australia and New Guinea - Barrett,
Charles and A. N. Burns, Melbourne, N. H. Seward, 1951, p112.
- 2. Phaedyma
shepherdi - Australian Caterpillars, Don Herbison-Evans
& Stella Crossley, 2005.
- 3. Wild
Plants of Greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum, 2003, p343,
Chinese Elm (Celtis sinensis).
- 4. The
Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby,
Australian National University, CSIRO 2004, p190.
- 5. Australian Tropical
Butterflies - by Peter Valentine, photography by Clifford and Dawn Frith,
2nd Printing 1991, p30.
- 6. Create
More Butterflies - by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke,
Earthling Enterprises, 2005, p47.
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