Scarlet Jezebel Delias argenthona Wingspan, female 61mm, male 62mm
Sighted: September 2017, 2019 and April 2018
This very hungry male Scarlet Jezebel spent a long time feeding on each Banksia floret, Sept 2017
One very small glimpse we were able to catch on camera of the upperside of this male's hindwing, Sept 2017
Another lone male visiting the garden, Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 30 Sep 2019
Between 27/09/19 and 30/09/19 we sighted one male Delias argenthona each day at Claire Cottage. We assume we were probably seeing the same specimen each day as this species is uncommon on the Dorrigo Plateau. If it was the same male butterfly every day it is interesting that it chose to stay in and around our garden and not commence a journey to search for a mate. We do have a number of mistletoe's growing in and close to our garden so that may have played a part in the butterfly choosing to stay with us for such a long period of time particularly if there happens to be other healthy pupa yet to emerge attached to mistletoes high in our trees.
First Claire Cottage sighting Spring 2019 - 27/09/19
Last Claire Cottage sighting Autumn 2018 - 14/04/18