Nature in Canberra

To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>, "" <>
Subject: Nature in Canberra
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 02:30:45 +0000

Interesting that this ACT Dwarf Raven (C.c. minimus) shows a strong blue tinge to what I am assuming are its new feathers: the whole row of greater wing coverts and some lesser wing coverts and the (no assumption new) centre primaries & secondaries, a shine that appears to have worn off from last year’s now old feathers. In contrast the sad Stencilled Hairstreak doesn’t get a chance at a replacement glossy set of scales on its wings.




From: Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Saturday, 3 December, 2016 11:22 AM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Nature in Canberra


This pretty butterfly was snapped this morning in Campbell Park. I learn from Michael Braby’s excellent field guide that it is known as the ‘Stencilled Hairstreak’.  The size of the insect may be gauged from a comparison with the Dwarf Raven.




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