SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Geitoneura klugii (Guerin-Meneville)   (Common Xenica)

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Newly laid egg

Fertile eggs of the Common Xenica.
(The above egg was laid in captivity on green grass.  The females would normally lay on dead grass,
which would provide better camouflage for the egg)

Fertile egg batch that had been laid in captivity

Larva emerging from egg (note the jack-in-a-box exit)

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Hostplant Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass)

Photography by R. Grund