Tuesday, 3 June 2014

ABC Wednesday, U for Ulysses butterfly

The Ulysses butterfly (Papilio ulysses) lives in Australia and Asia.

I have seen it each time when I was in Queensland. It is as if the blue colour of the wings is illuminated.


Ulysses Butterfly: (Papilio ulysses)
  • It has an alternative common name of Mountain Blue.
  • This is one of the most easily recognised butterflies due to its trade marked electric blue wings.
  • It has become a symbol of tourism throughout Northern Queensland.
  • Its is commonly found from Mackay north, but appears more prevalent in upland rainforest areas.
  • The Ulysses populations have recently increased in suburban area due to the planting of its larval food plant (Euodia elleryana).
  • During courtship the male briefly flutters above the female, displaying its bright blue wings. Pairing usually lasts around 2 hours.
  • Flight is strong, controlled, and swift. It flies in woodland and open country with an undulating flight.
  • It Drinks from flowers and puddles of water.

 Ulysses Butterfly

  With thanks to Denise Nesbitt, who created ABC.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar . This week we are looking for words beginning with U.


 

 

22 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what a beautiful butterfly!! I love the colors!! Thanks for sharing, Wil!! Hope your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!

Roger Owen Green said...

What a lovely color.

Cloudia said...

That is striking!




ALOHA from Honolulu
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Jim said...

Beautiful silhouette.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I almost wouldn't believe that beautiful butterfly (if it had been on any other blog)... but I trust you! It is absolutely beautiful...have never seen anything like that.

Gary Phillips said...

Stunning colours!! Boom, Bobbi, and Gary.

Leslie: said...

UNDENIABLY beautiful...

leslie
abcw team

Susan Moore said...

A real beauty! Interesting that populations have increased in suburban areas as I always think we drive nature away with all our construction.

photowannabe said...

Oh, I would love to see one of these gorgeous creatures in real life.
How beautiful, and the perfect choice for the letter U.

The Weaver of Grass said...

That exquisite blue Wil.

ellen b. said...

Beautiful!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

It's utterly beautiful! and unique.

Pheno Menon said...

Unique and beautiful

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team
http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/06/unique-nature/

Gattina said...

I have never seen such a beautiful butterfly !

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for your visit Pheno! I couldn't comment on your green bug, but want to say :"It is beautiful, and better than a cockroach!

Snapperoni :: Photography said...

The butterfly looks beautiful! :D Have a lovely week!

Feyza Ramazanoglu said...

this is beautiful butterfly..

Black Jack's Carol said...

Oh my, how absolutely beautiful! I sure hope I see one one day, and I will be able to identify it because of your Unique post!

AmitAag said...

Lovely indeed!

Ercotravels said...

Very beautiful share regarding the butterfly...

Ann said...

The shades of blue in the butterfly are so brilliant.
Ann

Norma Ruttan said...

this butterfly is breath-takingly beautiful!