Meadow Argus – Junonia villida by Trish Meyer

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Photographed by the roadside somewhere between Canberra and Bungendore, Australia, where I had stopped to photograph something completely different!

Meadow Argus – Junonia villida
The Meadow Argus is a brown butterfly with two prominent orange and black eye spots on each wing. The eyespots are a defense mechanism that are not only used to frighten predators away, but also to confuse the predators into thinking that the eyespots are the target, allowing the butterfly to escape with only a small part of the wing being lost.

They have a wingspan of 40mm to 55mm and are usually seen within 1m of the ground, often at rest on the ground with wings open. As the butterfly rests, it can sit in four different positions depending on the current situation. These positions include:

If the sun is shining, the butterfly will open and relax its wings
If danger approaches while in the sunlight the butterfly will open its wings further revealing eyespots on its hindwings
If the sun is not shining the butterfly will close its wings
If danger approaches while there is no sunlight the butterfly will raise its frontwings revealing hidden eyespots

Meadow Argus butterflies are found in many habitats across much of Australia, including woodland, grassland, and drier interior as well as suburban gardens, feeding from a wide range of food plants. They are more commonly seen in warmer months.

Information from observation and various internet sources.

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Comments

  • g8tway
    g8twayover 4 years ago

    Nice shot Trish, great color and detail…..:)

  • That was exceedingly quick Tim!
    Great to hear from you, thanks so much for your lovely comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful macro, excellent information to go with it.

  • Byron, thank you so much for your beautiful comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 4 years ago

    A great capture with wonderful photography with superb detail & lighting, Trish!!!

  • Phil, thank you so much for your wonderful comments!
    There were a dozen or so and I just had to keep still and wait for one to settle nearby on a lovely sunny morning :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • EnviroKey
    EnviroKeyover 4 years ago

    great shot (and find) Trish, Cheers, Steve

  • Steve, thank you so much for your comments!
    See above (somewhere between Canberra and Bungendore).

    – Trish Meyer

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Trish, I haven’t had many Butterfies in my garden this year at all and yet the garden is full of flowers, its very strange, hugs Ann

  • Ann, thank you so much for your beautiful comments!
    I hope you have some butterfly visitors soon :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • fezoj64
    fezoj64over 4 years ago
    This is a great shot Trish ! Lovely colours . ..Jozef
  • Jozef, thank you so much for your lovely comments and fave!

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael John
    Michael Johnover 4 years ago

    Great capture of an interesting butterfly.

  • Michael, thank you so much for your visit and comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 4 years ago

    fabulous capture, trish!

  • Nadine, thank you so much for your fabulous comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • valandsnake
    valandsnakeover 4 years ago

    lovely capture Trish

  • Val, thank you so much for your lovely comments!

    – Trish Meyer

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 4 years ago
    Wow this is a brilliant detailed capture young Trish.

    xxx

  • Malcolm, thank you so much for your most enthusiastic comments!

    – Trish Meyer

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