Butterfly of the Month

Butterfly of the Month

Let's celebrate Brisbane's butterflies! We'll put the spotlight onto a different species every month. It'll allow us to learn about the butterfly and its needs, and will help to train our eyes and recognition skills. You will also find information on larval host plants to start you off on planting for butterflies.

 

Butterfly of the Month - December 2022

 

The Imperial Hairstreak (Jalmenus evagorasis a stunning butterfly with a wingspan of 32mm (male) and 37mm (female). The early life cycle stages intrigue as larvae and pupae are attended by ants.

Butterfly of the Month - November 2022

The Long-tailed Pea-blue (Lampides boeticus) has a wingspan of 25mm (male) and 27mm (female). This gorgeous little butterfly can easily be distinguished  from other species by…

 

Butterfly of the Month - October 2022

The Blue Triangle (Graphium choredon) is a striking butterfly, easily recognisable by appearance and size. It belongs to the Swallowtails (Papilionidae). Its wingspan reaches 57mm (male) and 60mm (female)..

 

Butterfly of the Month - September 2022

The Copper Pencilled-blue (Cyprotides cyprotus pallescens) is an intriguing little butterfly reaching a wingspan of 27mm for the male and 28mm for the female. It’s common name is derived from…..

Butterfly of the Month - August 2022

The Black Jezebel (Delias nigrinacan be seen all year around and is known as one of our winter butterflies. Males and females have a wingspan of 56mm. At first glance the adult butterfly resembles our March 2022 Butterfly of the Month, the Jezebel Nymph. 

Butterfly of the Month - July 2022

Evening Brown (Melanitis leda). This is a butterfly for all seasons. Walk through the bush at any time throughout the year, you are bound to disturb an Evening Brown. Helped by its colour on the underside, at first glance, the adult may be mistaken for part of the leaf litter.

 

Butterfly of the Month - June 2022

 The Australian Common Crow (Euploea corinna) is one of the species most often seen in Brisbane, be it in gardens or bushland settings. With a wingspan of 69mm for the male and 72mm for the female, it isn’t easily missed. 

Butterfly of the Month - May 2022

 The Bright Cornelian (Deudorix diovis)  is one of the larger butterflies within the Family Lycaenidae. It derives its common name from the strong orange colour of the male’s upper wing.

Butterfly of the Month - April 2022

The White-banded Line-blue (Nacaduba kurava) has a wingspan of 23mm (male) to 24mm  (female). This is one of our smaller butterflies, belonging to the Lycaenidae or Blues.

Butterfly of the Month - March 2022

The Jezebel Nymph (Mynes geoffroyi) is often mistaken for one of our Jezebel butterflies (Delias spp). Admittedly, it is similar in size and, at first glance , similar in appearance to the local Black Jezebel (Delias nigrina).

Butterfly of the Month - February 2022

The Varied Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina) is a fascinating butterfly by appearance alone. Males and females differ in colours and wing patterns. The upper wing side of the male has large white spots surrounded by a blue or sometimes mauve fringe...

Butterfly of the Months - January 2022

The Tailed Emperor (Charaxes sempronius) is a spectacular butterfly to start the year with, worth celebrating. It is impressive at all life cycle stages. The adult's wingspan reaches 85 for females and 75mm for males. 

Butterfly of the Month - December 2021

The Clearwing Swallowtail (Cressida cressida) is one of our large butterflies locally with a wingspan of 90mm (male) and 95mm (female) and of impressive beauty. While the female, not dissimilar to birds, tends... 

Butterfly of the Month - November 2021

The Caper White (Belenois java) is common and occurs in most parts of Australia. The adult has a wingspan of 55mm. This butterfly is well known for its migration, in some years Caper Whites move in their thousands. 

Butterfly of the Month - October 2021

The Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) is one of Brisbane's largest butterflies. You  can't miss it, and are likely to encounter it in bushland as well as in your garden, the latter especially if you have an orchard or at least a lemon, citrus or kumquat tree. 

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