Graphium sarpedon Butterfly

Commonly known as Blue Triangle in Sydney, this butterfly visits my garden regularly but it flits about so quickly that I was never able to capture it in a photo, until this morning.

We had some rain overnight and the birds and bees went mad with joy,  When J my fourteen-year-old volunteer helper came to prune the fig tree this morning he pointed out some larvae to me and I said, leave them alone; they may be butterflies.

As if to say thank you , a Blue Triangle appears and I was able to snap some pictures with my iPhone that is always in my pocket for moments like these:


I think it was attracted to the new leaves of the Cinnamon Tree



When it dived under the tree I thought that it was searching for the source of the scent that was coming from the Osmanthus fragrans but Wiki tells me that its larvae actually feed on the leaves of the Cinnamon.  How fortunate am I to have the Blue Triangle’s favourite food.


Then it was gone, creating moments for other gardeners.  Moments that enliven us – but for the butterfly’s lifetime, it has nothing but moments.

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15 Responses to Graphium sarpedon Butterfly

  1. gaiainaction says:

    What an amazingly lovely plant Mary, interesting to see it. The butterfly is not familiar to me but I love to see it. Today a Swallowtail butterfly came flying towards me and like you it made me feel very privileged and left me happy.

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  2. taphian says:

    how beautiful, dear Mary. If we could live like a butterfly we would be very happy for a summer :) Have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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  3. Well done. Nice philosophical ending, too

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  4. janesmudgeegarden says:

    How lucky you were to get those photos. I’ve been trying to catch wrens in my garden but find it very difficult.

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  5. Sunshine Jansen says:

    What an extraordinary color – lucky you! And that clinches my resolve to get an iphone — no other phone camera comes close. It handles motion well, and you can see the soft ‘fur’ on the butterfly’s body.

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  6. arlingwoman says:

    What an amazing thing to see. It looks like a slice of rainbow or the flash from a prism. I’m glad you could capture it, fast thought was.

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