Purple Moonbeam (on Sandpaper Fig)

Purple Moonbeam

(Philiris innotatus)

The Purple Moonbeam is found in lowland rainforest in wet coastal areas and monsoon forest (including riparian vine thicket) along creeks and rivers in the drier subcoastal areas, where the usual larval food plant grows.

Host Plant:

The Sandpaper Fig (Ficus coronata), a small species of fig tree, native to Australia. This plant can also host the Common Crow butterfly which is depicted on this sign.

Learn more about the Purple Moonbeam in the book entitled Create More Butterflies by Frank Jordan & Helen Schwencke which is available from Earthling Enterprises