Wendy the wattle blue butterfly
Also called Miskin's blue
Hello, humans. Welcome to my world. I'm Wendy the wattle blue butterfly from Calamvale Creek in Brisbane, Australia.
If you look carefully, you may see me in any area that has Australian wattle (Acacia) trees. That's because I am patriotic, and you know of course that Australia's floral emblem is the golden wattle — Acacia pycnantha.
But I enjoy fluttering around other bushes and plants too. There are several around the creek that I like to visit. I wasn't “wattling” at the time any of the photos on this page were taken.
I am a pretty little blue butterfly. But people who don't look closely sometimes dismiss me as a moth (yuk!) or a common cabbage white butterfly.
Stone the croaking toads! How thick can people get! Cabbage whites are twice my size and they are white. I'm blue!
How do we start life?
As you probably know, butterflies all come from caterpillars. Our light green eggs turn into dark green or brownish caterpillars with a dark band across the upper back. The caterpillars have a brown head and light diagonal streaks.
Various types of black or green ants often travel with the caterpillars.
Before the caterpillar turns into an adult butterfly, it has a pupal (in-between) stage of about 13 or 14 days.
What do the caterpillars eat?
The caterpillars are patriotic too. They like to dine on young seedlings of wattle trees, but also don't mind a few other types of trees, depending where they are. Some like certain eucalyptus plants, and will eat the yellow pea bush if they are near it.
Other interesting facts
- Wattle blue butterflies are found all over mainland Australia.
- We are uncommon in cold, wet climates.
- Winter versions of wattle blue butterflies are darker on the underside. This is because they have a longer pupal stage, which gives them more melanin (pigment).
Hey, it was nice chatting with you. Watch out for spider webs! I do.
— Wendy the pretty little wattle blue butterfly