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Bagust; P. & Tout-Smith; L (2005). The Native Plants of Adelaide, Urban Forest Biodiversity Program, Adelaide, South Australia.

Kutsche; F. & Lay; B (2003). Field Guide to the Plants of Outback South Australia, Openbook Print, Australia.

Dashorst; R.R. & Jessop; J.P. (1998). Plants of the Adelaide Plains and Hills. The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium.

Robertson, M (2006) Stop bushland weeds, Natural Conservation Society of South Australia (NCSSA)


Collier; P [Ed.] (1994). Butterflies of Tasmania, Foot and Playsted Pty Ltd, Launceston, Tasmania.

Fisher; R.H (1978). Butterflies of South Australia, D.J. Woolman, Adelaide, South Australia. (Out of print)

Braby; M.F (2000). Butterflies of Australia – Their identification, Biology and Distribution, Vol. 1, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.

Braby; M.F (2000). Butterflies of Australia – Their identification, Biology and Distribution, Vol. 2, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.

Braby; M.F (2004). The complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria.

Butterfly gardening

Houston; T.F [Ed.] (1994). Bring Back the Butterflies – Butterfly Gardening for Western Australians, the Western Australian Museum, Western Australia.

Clyne, D (2000). Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden, South China Printing Company Ltd, Hong Kong.

Hunt et al (2007) Attracting Butterflies to your Garden, Butterfly Conservation SA Inc.
Available by contacting Butterfly Conservation SA, the South Australian Museum shop or other good bookstores in Adelaide.

Jordan, F & Schwenke, H (2005). Create More Butterflies, Earthling Enterprises, Queensland.


Butterfly gardening

Baron. T and Herbert C (2011) Butterfly Garden: Learn how to create a butterfly garden! - a film about attracting native butterflies to your area (community version). More information available here

Baron. T and Herbert C (2011) Butterfly Garden: Learn how to create a butterfly garden in your school - a film about attracting native butterflies to your area (school version). More information available here


Butterfllies - an introduction

What Butterfly is that?
It’s Hesperilla chrysotricha. It’s what! Has it got a common name? We call it the Chrysotricha Skipper, but others call it the Golden-haired Sedge-skipper and in Tasmania people know it as the Shoreline Skipper. more information

Attracting Butterflies to your garden

Attracting butterflies to your garden

Adult butterflies need a nectar source, a meeting place and protection from predators. The plant list below is a start to creating a garden which will attract butterflies to visit you. However, if you want them to stay and breed, you will need to establish their caterpillar food-plants as well. more information

Heteronympha Merope

The Common Brown is probably the main butterfly associated with many Adelaide people exclaiming “Where have all the butterflies gone?” This is because it used to be particularly common in woodland settings in the Adelaide Hills and along the Hills Face Zone, flying through the understorey or congregating in large numbers on flowering bushes to feed. more information

Junonia Villida

This butterfly belongs to the Argus group which is distinguished by the same wing pattern that includes ‘large eyespots’ or ocelli. These ‘eyes’ are thought to be used by the butterfly to confuse or frighten predators, especially birds, when attacked. more information

Lucia Limbaria

This ‘copper’ butterfly belongs to the endemic Australian Theclinae group, which have a strong obligatory association with ants. This symbiotic relationship is a close one and the caterpillars are unlikely to survive in the wild without the ants. more information

Papillio Anactus

The Dainty (or Dingy) Swallowtail also known as the Small Citrus Butterfly evolved on native citrus plants in the eastern states. It belongs to a group of swallowtails that mimic poisonous or unpalatable butterflies. more information

Theclinlinesthes Albocincta

This pretty blue once use to occur along the beaches of Adelaide, but urbanisation has caused its demise from those areas. more information

Vanessa Itea

The Australian or Yellow Admiral is mostly confined to Australia, but has managed to disperse itself on upwelling westerly winds to the islands east of Australia, including New Zealand where this butterfly was first documented by European naturalists. more information

Vanessa Kershawi

This butterfly is Australia's representative of the Painted Lady group of butterflies, widespread in other parts of the world and notable for their long distance migrations. more information

Zizina Labradus

This is one of the most common butterflies of Australia, with its larvae feeding on a wide range of small herby legumes. more information



Grund R. Butterflies of South Australia,
Butterflies of South Australia

Butterfly Conservation SA Inc (2007). Butterfly Conservation South Australia

SA Museum. Butterfly Watchhttp://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/whatson/exhibitions/butterfly-watch

SA Museum, “Where have all the butterflies gone?” exhibition summary, http://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/whatson/galleries/butterflies

Plants and Weeds

1998 National Weeds Strategy Executive Committee. Weeds Australia. http://www.weeds.org.au/

SA Nursery Association SA. Alternatives to invasive garden plants in the Adelaide region [PDF]. http://www.weeds.crc.org.au/documents/fs26_alternatives_garden_plants.pdf

SA Urban Forest Biodiversity Program. http://www.urbanforest.on.net

SA Urban Forest Native Growers List. http://www.urbanforest.on.net/pdf/GrowersList.pdf

WWF Australia. Garden Escapees http://wwf.org.au/ourwork/invasives/gardenescapees/

For schools

SAMuseum, "Butterfly Challenge"

SAMuseum. Worksheets for ‘Bringing back the Butterflies” exhibition

Meirs; J (2007). Butterfly Appearance, worksheets and activities. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/butappearance/index.html

Meirs; J (2007). Butterfly Body parts, worksheets and activities. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/butbodyparts/index.html

Meirs; J (2007). Butterfly Lifecycle, worksheets and activities. http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/jmresources/butlifecycle/index.html

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