Evening Brown Melanitis leda Wingspan: 60 mm - 63 mm
Sighted: December to April Jan 2019 (4), Dec 2018
Larval Food Plants: Native grasses Chrysopogon, Heteropogon, Imperata, Leersia, Ophiuros, Themeda and several introduced grasses
Evening Brown wet season form, Claire Cottage Dorrigo Plateau, Dec 29th 2018, 3.49 pm
Wet season form Evening Brown resting on leaf litter, Claire Cottage Dorrigo Plateau, Feb 2011, 7.53 am
It is very difficult to get a photo of this butterfly with its wings open. As soon as it lands it closes them to blend in with the ground litter. If you don't keep your eyes on where it has landed they are almost impossible to find.
The first one we saw here was attracted at night to a light on the verandah.
They are seen flying morning and late afternoon, preferring shady areas under trees.
Dry season form Evening Brown showing a little of the orange and brown upper wing, Bellingen Is., May 2016, 2.38 pm
Wet season form, Urunga Wetlands, 6 Dec 2018 4.11 pm
Evening Brown dry season form, Bellilngen Is., Apr 2008, 2.29 pm
Themeda triandra (North Haven NSW)
Last annual autumn sighting - Claire Cottage Dorrigo Plateau: 15/04/18 - 08.50am (Dry Season Form) First warm season sighting - Claire Cottage Dorrigo Plateau: 29/12/18 - 17.30pm (Wet Season Form)