Butterflies in Western Australia are not as flashy as those of some other parts of Australia. Look at the magnificently iridescent show-offs of the tropics, such as the Cairns Birdwing and Ulysses Swallowtail.
Our local butterflies are smaller, often cryptic (i.e. camouflaged), and typically sparing with bright colours. Here's an example; the Western Xenica (Geitoneura minyas).
|Western Xenica - adult female|
Once, when I was birdwatching in the shade of some eucalypts, a cheeky butterfly landed on my notepad and I managed to take several photos. I think he was attracted to the white surface of the paper, for some reason - he would fly away, then return to rest on my notepad.
|Western Xenica - adult male|
The days of catching butterflies in a net and pinning them to boards has long gone, although this method is still used by entomologists to help in their biological studies.