This page contains information and pictures about Lesser
Wanderer Butterflies in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Wingspan 60mm, male
- Lesser Wanderer is a medium size butterfly. They are sometimes seen flying solely
across the bushes on a sunny day. They look similar to Wanderer Butterfly,
with orange colour wings and dark edge, but they also have larger white
pattern on their forewings. Same as Wanderer, Lesser Wanderer
caterpillars also feed on milkweed
- The Lesser Wanderer butterfly is bright orange in colour with dark wing
edges. There are the white patterns on the forewings.
- The above picture shows the mating pair. The female and male Lesser
Wanderer Butterflies look the same.
- Except feeding on flowers, Lesser Wanderer likes to rest on short grass
near the ground.
- This butterfly usually flies slowly from one to two meters above
Caterpillars and Pupa
- Caterpillar length up to 50mm
- Their caterpillars look similar
to the Wanderer caterpillar except with three
pair of tentacles (the horns) instead of two. Their caterpillars also feed on
and the adults are not 'tasty'.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p897.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p461.
- 3. Create
More Butterflies - by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke,
Earthling Enterprises, 2005, p29.
- 4. The
Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby,
Australian National University, CSIRO 2004, p200.
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