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Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae)Paralucia pyrodiscus  

1 Fiery Copper at Illilanga & Baroona

4 images

Paralucia pyrodiscus at Illilanga & Baroona - 17 Dec 2017
Paralucia pyrodiscus at Illilanga & Baroona - 17 Dec 2017
Paralucia pyrodiscus at Illilanga & Baroona - 17 Dec 2017
Paralucia pyrodiscus at Illilanga & Baroona - 17 Dec 2017

Identification history

Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Paralucia pyrodiscus 19 Dec 2017 SuziBond
Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Paralucia pyrodiscus 19 Dec 2017 Illilanga

Significant sighting

  20 Dec 2017

This Butterfly is rarely recorded in or region

Author's notes

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4 comments

SuziBond wrote:
   19 Dec 2017
Great record for this species, thanks for submitting it. Your butterfly is a female. Is this a long-established site for Fiery Copper or have you only just noticed/found them?
Illilanga wrote:
   20 Dec 2017
This may be a long-established site, as the Bursaria have been here for a very long time! The butterflies caught my eye, as they were near our house, so I decided to spend some time trying to get a photo. They were not very helpful in keeping still or landing, so it took a few tries! I am slowly trying to build up our CNM photo catalogue of taxa to be identified, including many older photos we have. Sandra :)
SuziBond wrote:
   21 Dec 2017
Thanks Sandra for the info - good on you for persevering for a photo! In addition to needing bursaria, Fiery Coppers also need the presence of an ant colony (specifically Notoncus ants), so even if the bursaria has been there a long time, the ants may not have.
Illilanga wrote:
   21 Dec 2017
Thanks for the info. I can vouch there are plenty of ants in the vicinity, having been bitten many times whilst taking photos!

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 17 Dec 2017 4:39 PM Recorded on
  • Illilanga Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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