The other morning I went to let the chooks out for some free range time and I got a pleasant surprise when I came across this beautiful specimen fluttering about in the chicken run.
This is an Orchard Swallowtail butterfly, native to Australia and found along the east coast.
The red dots on the butterfly indicates this one is a male.
It’s one of the largest butterflies with a wing span range of 10 to 14cm, and they also flutter more slowly than other butterflies.
This is a stunning looking butterfly, it’s deep black in colour with white markings and it also has flecks of gold on its wings as you can see in this close up.