Adelaide’s Local Butterflies

Over 50 species of butterfly roamed the Kaurna region before settlement.

The following information and photographs were retrieved and adapted from Butterfly Conservation South Australia. More can be found on their website.

Meadow Argus

Junonia villida calybe

A common butterfly found in meadows, open reserves or vacant blocks. Caterpillars feed on native herbaceous plants and weeds such as grassy bindweed and bent goodenia.


Long-Tailed Pea-Blue

Lampides Boeticus

Often common around its hostplants of small pea flowering herbs, shrubs and vines. Caterpillars feed on pea flowers and immature pods. Will feed on introduced pea flowers and vegetables.


Southern Dart

Oxybadistes walkeri

This subspecies is reasonably common, and is common in many suburban gardens. Caterpillars feed on native and introduced grasses.

This subspecies is reasonably common, and is common in many suburban gardens. Caterpillars feed on native and introduced grasses.


Fringed-Heath Blue

Neolucia agricola agricola

Found in woodland and heath associations during spring. Adults when freshly hatched have a distinct white and black fring to their wings. Caterpillars can be very colourful and feed on small native bush peas.


Bitterbush Blue

theclinesthes albocinta

Found mainly in coastal areas, though inland populations exist when the adult butterflies have reduced blue areas. Caterpillars feed on the bitter-bush Adriana quadripartita.


Saltbush Blue

theclinesthes serpentata

This small species is often found flying around Chenopods (saltbush, bluebush -) on which the caterpillars feed. At rest the crypric underside blends into the vegetation.


Australian Painted Lady

Vanessa kershawi

Common in Adelaide gardens particularly during spring as they migrate from northern areas. Caterpillars are feed on on everlasting daisies.


Grass Blue

zizina labradus

Often very common, seen flitting low in open grassy areas. Caterpillars feed on herbaceous pea plants and have adapted to clover.


Common Brown

heteronympha merope

This widespread species is common along the Adelaide Hills Face Zone and in the Adelaide suburbs and occurs throughout S and SE Australia. The caterpillars feed on native and introduced grasses.

Male

Female