This plant, Eucryphia moorei is also known as "Pinkwood". There are a few growing well in "Pinkwood Park" which is a small park directly uphill past the Post Office, on the Illawarra Highway, Robertson. These young trees are growing well, having been planted there a few years ago, by members of Robertson Environment Protection Society, under the guidance of Dr David Tranter. They are currently in full flower.
|The Butterfly I saw is seldom seen |
more than 20 metres from a food plant.
In this case an Acacia melanoxylon is visible
in the background of the photograph.
|Here you can see the blue patch |
on the upper side of the wings.
Males are brighter blue than this (presumed) female
|On this shot you can see the |
uneven edge to the hind wing
which is said to be part of a decoy pattern
to confuse a possible bird predator.
|The fully ripe flower of the Eucryphia,|
with dots of pollen grains visible on the stamens.
The sweet perfume of these flowers was very evident
in the warm weather today.
*** Decoy Pattern
The coloured tails of the butterfly look like white-tipped antennae on bright red/orange and black colourings which, with wings folded (the habitual posture) makes the back end of the butterfly look like the front end (the actual head and antennae being quite bland). This is perhaps a decoy perhaps in case of bird strike.
See this photoThat text about the decoy pattern is courtesy of the Butterfly House website.