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Teale Britstra
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Astronomy postgrad student
Astronomy postgrad student

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Varied Eggfly butterflies one of the species I most regularly encounter and photograph. They are large, perch in bright sunlight, and often let me approach to within arm's length. They have a large number of host plants - some of which are possibly already hiding in your garden "disguised" as common weeds. Of course, Australian native hosts are always preferable!

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The Blue Tiger (Tirumala hamata) is a distinctive black and blue butterfly (Family Nymphalidae) that can be found in coastal areas in northern Australia...

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The Fuscous Swallowtail (Papilio fuscus) is a large butterfly that can be found in the coastal areas of northern Australia. It is similar in appearance to the Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) but is slightly smaller, with a wingspan of around 9 cm.

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Not Australia-specific, but some good info nonetheless

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Amegilla rhodoscymna is a beautiful Australian Native Bee that I came across in Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Gladstone, Australia. Interestingly, they seem to spend almost as much time mating as they do foraging, which is not a behaviour I've seen in other native bees. Perhaps I've just stumbled across a spot where males (which seem to grab females in mid-air) are particularly numerous, or....frisky.
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From fabulous beetles to vibrant starry nights, idyllic waterfalls and dramatic storms or brilliant bird photos - here are the top 10 AG Reader Photos of 2016: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/5ay62
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By special request, I made a sister publication to my "Butterflies of Australia" 2017 wall calendar, this time featuring some of my favourite dragonfly and damselfly images taken within the past 12 months!
>> http://bit.ly/2gnuMAi
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