Larval Food Plants: Parsonsia sp.,Marsdenia sp., Ficus sp., as well as several other natives and introduced plants including Oleander. more than 50 known food plants in the following families; Apocynaceae, Asclepiadaceae, Moraceae
Many of their food plants are in the Aclepiadaceae family which contain a chemical the butterflies need. They also get this chemical from the flowers, leaves and pods of certain plants. It is said to make them unpalatable to birds.
We have noted this butterfly is far less common on the Plateau than it is along the coast.
We remember visiting Bowraville, NSW many years ago and seeing the Oleanders planted down the centre of the main street with shining gold Christmas-like decorations hanging from the leaves. They were the chrysalises of the Common Crow butterfly whose larvae had fed there in large numbers.
The larva is quite spectacular too with its soft curly black tubercles. Breeding season on the Dorrigo Plateau: Thought to be September to May
Flight habit: Thought to be on the wing early morning to late afternoon.
Habitat: ranges across many habitats where ever one of its food plants is found.
Last annual autumn sighting - Dorrigo Plateau: 02/04/18, 23/05/20: