LORANTHACEAE: Amyema bifurcata (Bloodwood or ForkedMistletoe), Amyema cambagei (Needle-leaf or She-oak Mistletoe), Amyema congener (VariableMistletoe), Amyema miquelii (Bronze or Box Mistletoe), Amyema miraculosa (FleshyMistletoe), Amyema quandang quandang (GreyMistletoe), Benthamina alyxifolia (Shiny-leaved Mistletoe) Dendrophthoe glabrescens (Orange-flowered or SmoothMistletoe)Dendrophthoe vitellina (Yellow-flowered or Long-floweredMistletoe)Muellerina celastroides (Banksia Mistletoe) Muellerina eucalyptoides (Gum-leaved or Creeping Mistletoe)
A male Black Jezebel feeding on Abelia in our garden
Our Buddleias attract many Black Jezebels in the summer, Female, 20 Dec 2017, 7.38am
A female in our garden sharing Lemon blossom with an ant
Possibly our most common butterfly as we sight it every month of the year. Whilst it has a very colourful underside, males in flight appear to flash black and pure white. Females are a cloudy white with more black on the upperside.
We seldom catch one with wings open for a photo, usually they close their wings as soon as they land.
They have a gentle flight often fluttering high around the trees on the edge of the rainforest where their larval food plant grows but the butterflies also spend time in the garden feeding on nectar plants.
Summer 2015/16 was a bumper time for this butterfly with large numbers constantly in our garden. The males darted about chasing others off their favourite Buddleia flowers or two or three males chose to pursue a female hoping to be the one to mate with her. Early Spring 2017/18 has again seen large numbers of this lovely butterfly spending long periods in our garden and along our rainforest edges.
A male Black Jezebel resting in our kikuyu near our regenerating rainforest area.
Female black Jezebel butterflies love feeding on our flowering Callistemon salignus shrubs in October each year - there will often be a dozen or more enjoying the nectar on each flowering plant
Large numbers of Black Jezebels came to feed on our flowering Pittosporum undulatums in early Sept each year - male, Sept 2017
The male Black Jezebel has less black on its upper wings than the female pictured right
A receptive female captured with her wings briefly open
A female Black Jezebel enjoying a warm spot, Dorrigo Plateau 4 Aug 2018 (Photo Sidsel Baker)
She obliged by opening her wings, Dorrigo Plateau 4 Aug 2018 (Photo Sidsel Baker)
A male Black Jezebel feeding on our wallflower
Two Jezebel pupas on Settlers' Flax at Dorrigo NP, 2 Jan 2018 (spotted by Grandaughter, Charlotte aged 8)
A paratisised caterpillar trying to pupate
Black Jezebel chrysalis at Claire Cottage
A close-up of the two pupa at Dorrigo NP, 2 Jan 2018
Female Black Jezebel just hatched from chrysallis
Variable Mistletoe, Amyema congener subsp rotundifolia, grows on many of our exotic trees and is a foodplant of the Black Jezebel
Brush Mistletoe Amylotheca dictyophleba grows on our property and is a foodplant of the Black Jezebel larvae