Butterflies of Mount Alexander Shire

CFNC member Tony Morton has been a butterfly enthusiast (lepidoptorist) for most of his life.  Over the past 10 or so years, he has extensively documented the butterfly fauna in and around his home in Vaughn, and elsewhere throughout the local area.  Tony has prepared the attached downloadable document which contains comprehensive information on butterfly identification, behaviour, ecology, distribution and life cycle (click here).

He has also provided the club with a list of species that he has observed in the local area, and many photos of these species from his collection.  He has documented 41 butterfly species from the Mount Alexander Shire, which is about one third of all species known to occur across Victoria.  These are listed below with links to photos of the butterflies (with the preferred food plant of the larvae) and other relevant information.  To obtain a downloadable copy of this list of local butterflies, follow this link here (coming soon!).

Common Name Latin Name MORE INFO
Family Hesperiidae
Barred Skipper Dispar compacta  yes
Varied Sedge-skipper Hesperilla donnysa  yes
Green Grass-dart Ocybadistes walkeri  yes
White-banded Grass-dart Taractrocera papyria yes
Yellow Ochre Trapezites lutea  yes
Heath Ochre Trapezites phigalia  yes
Montane Ochre Trapezites phigalioides  yes
Family Lycaenidae
Rayed Blue Candalides heathi  yes
Varied Dusky-blue Candalides hyacinthina  yes
Moonlight Jewel Hypochrysops delicia  yes
Imperial Hairstreak Jalmenus evagoras  yes
Amethyst Hairstreak Jalmenus icilius  yes
Long-tailed Pea-blue Lampides boeticus yes
Grassland Copper Lucia limbaria  yes
Two-spotted Line-blue Nacaduba biocellata  yes
Fringed Heath-blue Neolucia agricola yes
Satin Azure Ogyris amaryllis  yes
Dull-purple Azure Ogyris olane yes
Eltham Copper Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida  yes
Salt-bush Blue Theclinesthes serpentata  yes
Common Grass-blue Zizina labradus  yes
Family Nymphalidae
Lesser Wanderer Danaus chrysipippus petilia  yes
Monarch, Wanderer Danaus plexippus  yes
Common Crow Euploea core corinna  yes
Ringed Xenica Geitoneura acantha  yes
Marbled Xenica Geitoneura klugii  yes
Common Brown Heteronympha merope yes
Shouldered Brown Heteronympha penelope yes
Meadow Argus Junonia villida yes
Tailed Emperor Polyura sempronius  yes
Yellow Admiral Vanessa itea yes
Australian Painted Lady Vanessa kershawi yes
Family Papilionidae
Orchard Swallowtail Papilio aegeus
Dingy Swallowtail Papilio anactus
Chequered Swallowtail Papilio demoleus
Family Pieridae
Caper White Belenois java
Red-spotted Jezebel Delias aganippe
Imperial Jezebel Delias harpalyce
Small Grass-yellow Eurema smilax
** Cabbage White Pieris rapae