February 14th – Common Crow Butterfly

Oleander Butterfly (Euploea core)

Today I captured a Common Crow Butterfly, or Oleander Butterfly (Euploea core) as it danced its way around, and onto, my currently flowerless Frangipani tree.

With origins from India, there are several similarly marked species, though many of them have not made the transition to Australian shores (or mountains).

Butterflies have always been on my photography “To Do” list. This is the second recent encounter with a Common Crow, and like most butterflies they aren’t too willing to sit still for too long.

However the Common Crow is a little bolder than other butterflies. You see, the Oleander butterfly has a special trick – it retains toxins ingested while in caterpillar form, making them unpalatable for any potential predator.

And the word is out among the animal kingdom. Being widely known as a bad feed means the Euploea Core will happily ponce about in open spaces at a leisurely pace, and has resulted in other butterfly species mimicking the Common Crow’s flight behaviour.

The Common Crow has also earned the name of Oleander Butterfly, being their preferred location for their chrysalis, as they embark on their transformation.

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