AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS

Click on a link below to view images in a category within the extensive range of photos of Australian insects.

GRASSHOPPERS  FLIES, BEES, WASPS BUTTERFLIES & MOTHS  CATERPILLARS  OTHER INSECTS

To see a list of the Australian butterflies that are included in this gallery 

  • Blue Argus / Blue Pansy butterfly, Junonia orithya syn. Precis orithya
  • Blue Tiger butterfly, Tirumala limniace
  • Blue Triangle butterfly, Graphium sarpedon
  • Chequered Swallowtail butterfly, Papilio demoneus
  • Common Crow butterfly, Euploea core
  • Geometrid moth, Bracca rotundata
  • Hawk moth, Psilogramma papuensis
  • Meadow Argus butterfly – Junonia villida
  • Monarch / wanderer butterfly, Danaus plexippus
  • Moth – Neodiphthera excavus.syn. Opodiphthera excavus
  • Orchard swallowtail butterfly, Papilio aegeus
  • Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa kershawi
  • Plain Tiger butterfly, Danaus chrysippus
  • Tiger moth, Amata species
  • Vine Hawk moth, Hippotion celerio
  • Webworm moth, Spoladea recurvalis
  • White-banded Noctuid moth, Donuca orbigera

Butterflies are among the most beautiful of Australian insects. This vast continent  is home to approximately 400 identified species of butterflies and an estimated 10,000 species of moths, with researchers adamant that there are many more still to be discovered.

Many of these colourful insects feed on the sweet nectar produced by flowers or on the juices of fruit. Some delicately sip moisture from wet sand or mud beside waterways and pools, but others survive, for the entirety of their relatively short lives, on nothing more than the reserves that they stored in their bodies during the phase of their lives in which they were caterpillars.

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