Australian Plants Society (Victoria)

Promoting the Appreciation and Preservation of Australian Plants

The Australian Plants Society (Victoria) is dedicated to promoting, growing and the conservation of Australian native plants, in gardens, community areas and their original environments.
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Australian Plants Society Victoria
Qualup Bells – Pimelea Physodes. A striking garden plant for a perfectly drained position or in a container. Best sheltered from the hottest part of the day. They hail from WA and this photo was taken at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne in winter. More information about them and how to grow them here – See MoreSee Less
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Great to see in the comments the specific species of food plants for these butterflies. We are learning more about the requirements of insects like butterflies and moths all the time. Food plants for larvae are critical.The vast continent of Australia has always been home to migrations. Whilst some regions endure droughts other regions are recieving more than their share of rainfall. As kangaroos, emus, pelicans… and some butterflies know – it can be well worth relocating.Australia is home to four species of ‘Migrant’ butterflies – which get their name from their habit of flying with a determined intention of heading somewhere (in-between quick refuelling stops at nectar rich flowers). In favourable years, they can converge into large, fast-flying migrations – often containing multiple species. For beginners these medium-sized butterflies can simply be called Migrants – but for anyone wanting to identify which particular species they‘ve seen, it can be a little more tricky…[Maps and a lists of Larval food-plants for each species are in the Comments]How to identify Australia’s Migrant butterflies:The White Migrant underwings on the ‘light form’ (white and pale green [pictured]) and ‘dark form’ (a very pale yellow) are unmarked and have a ‘mottled’ texture (this species is called the ‘Mottled Emigrant’ outside of Australia). This species used to be called the ‘Common Migrant’ in Australia – but sadly is no longer as common as it used to be.The Lemon Migrant is the most commonly encountered, and is also the most variable – having many forms – and intermediate forms. [These forms will feature on another Post].The Yellow Migrant & Orange Migrant are particularly difficult to tell apart – due their similarity to each other. In the forms where the lower underwings have ‘discal spots’ [as indicated] the Yellow Migrant has pale cream, or white, centres – whilst the Orange Migrant’s centres are the same colour as the rest of the underwing – or a buff colour. The upperside of the lower-wings, on both the Yellow & Orange Migrant are also bright yellow – which, in flight, make them appear much more yellow than the Lemon Migrant. The Orange Migrant has broader markings along the white upper-wing’s outer edge than the Yellow Migrant – although these are rarely seen – due to their habit of keeping their wings closed when not in flight. See MoreSee Less
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All about the superb Sturt’s Desert Pea from our Australian National botanic gardens – worth following them for excellent information. See MoreSee Less
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Strewth plastic fake grass even on the nature strip – grow a verge garden instead! The issue of adding more microplastics to our environment as this stuff wears is another significant problem. See MoreSee Less
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Logging in our national parks in the guise of clearing storm damage? Ridiculous. See MoreSee Less
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