SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Erina hyacinthina form josephina (Harris)   (Common Dusky-blue)
Erina hyacinthina form simplexa (Tepper)   (Western Dusky-blue)

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Downy or Rusty Dodder-laurel Cassytha pubescens hostplant for the Common Dusky-blue,
parasitising tea-tree in the Lower Southeast Region. Flower buds.

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Streaked Dodder-laurel Cassytha peninsularis a hostplant for the Western Dusky-blue. Flower buds and red streaked fruit.

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Coarse Dodder-laurel or Devil's twine Cassytha melantha hostplant for the Western Dusky-blue,
parasitising Eucalyptus on Eyre Peninsula.  Black-downed flowers on left, smooth fruit on right.

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Dodder-laurel can sometimes become rampant.  Downy Dodder-laurel Cassytha pubescens in the Lower Southeast
Region (left) and
Devil's twine Cassytha melantha roadside on the Eyre Highway near Ceduna, Eyre Peninsula (right).

Photography by R. Grund