These were just beginning to appear on the western slope of Mt Cannibal a couple of days ago…
Common Bird Orchids – plenty of leaf and a few early flowers. So weird and wonderful I can never not stop to take a good look. They are common but often well hidden.
Button Everlastings – often a feature on the lower slopes of the mountain. Not quite in their usual large numbers yet. A favourite with the butterflies.
I need help here. Is this a Lycid mimmicking Moth, Snellenia sp?
Aha, the power of the www! The moth is probably Philobota arabella it seems, (thanks DF over at Ben Cruachan – NaturalHistory blog). A member of a very large genus. Here’s the Wikipedia entry.
Snowy Daisy Bush – very profuse in places. A good insect attractor.
White-finger Orchid – A great little patch of these appears right near the carpark each season. They can get confusing when some are suffused pink.