One of the ways butterflies can fool birds - film

To: 'David Rees' <>, "" <>
Subject: One of the ways butterflies can fool birds - film
From: Mark Clayton <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 08:43:12 +0000

If anyone wants a good book for identifying Canberra’s butterflies then you can’t go past COG member Dr Suzi Bond’s just released book “ a Field Guide to the Butterflies of the Australian Capital Territory” which had its launch at the Australian National Botanic Gardens last Tuesday – it is a brilliant publication. COG has it on sale and I would assume so does the ANBG bookshop.


An ideal Christmas present for all those interested in local natural history.





From: David Rees [
Sent: Sunday, 18 December 2016 6:42 PM
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Subject: [canberrabirds] One of the ways butterflies can fool birds - film


Many blue butterflies - like these lovely hairstreaks that are about at Campbell Park at the moment have long tails on their hind wings plus eye spots.  These act as a 'decoy head' for birds.  Very often these butterflies will be head down feeding with the false head waving about.  


You will see many of these butterflies flying about with the tails plus surrounding bit of wing gone - probably down the throat of a frustrated bird. 




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