SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES
Erina hyacinthina form josephina
(Harris) (Common Dusky-blue)
Erina hyacinthina form simplexa (Tepper) (Western Dusky-blue)
Downy or Rusty Dodder-laurel Cassytha pubescens hostplant for
the Common Dusky-blue,
parasitising tea-tree in the Lower Southeast Region. Flower buds.
Streaked Dodder-laurel Cassytha peninsularis a hostplant for the Western Dusky-blue. Flower buds and red streaked fruit.
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.
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