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