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Regent Skipper
Photo: C & D Frith    
Australia's Wet Tropics
Rainforest Life




Regent Skipper (Euschemon rafflesia)
    • This butterfly belongs to the family Hersperiidae.
    • When resting, the adults open their wings almost flat (although this is normally how moths rest).
    • Adult Regent Skippers usually fly within the rainforest
    • Females are often seen circling a target plant prior to deciding o n which branch to lay her eggs.
    • Larvae feed on rainforest understorey shrubs.
    • These butterflies are of special interest to scientists as they are believed to be the most primitive species of butterfly in the world and it is thought to represent a link between moths and butterflies.
    • One of the distinguishing features of moths, is that they have an organ, named a frenulum which locks the hind and forewings together in flight.
    • Butterflies do not posses this organ with the sole exception of the male Regent Skipper Butterfly.

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Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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