What is this black and white butterfly we have seen in our garden?
T.D., Coomoora (and two other readers).
This is a day-flying moth, known as the grapevine moth. It is a native insect, although its caterpillars readily feed on exotic grapevines. Fuchsias are also a favourite, as well as willow herbs.
It can be found in gardens, around farms and on roadsides. Reddish or orange leg-bases and tail-tip are prominent when the folded wings allow such viewing. Wingspan is about 40mm.
There are orange stripes underneath the body.
Caterpillars are fleshy black and white, with reddish marks on the head and back, and around the legs.
There is a similar day-flying moth known as the mistletoe moth. It is not a common garden visitor.
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