Darters and Skippers (HESPERIIDAE)

Darters and Skippers (HESPERIIDAE)

Hesperiidae are small to medium-sized butterflies with an average wingspan around 30 mm. They are usually drab brown or orange in colour. The Orange Palm-dart Cephrenes augiades is medium-sized with a large body and relatively small orange-yellow wings. They fly in a...
Swallowtails and Birdwings (PAPILIONIDAE)

Swallowtails and Birdwings (PAPILIONIDAE)

Butterflies in the family Papilionidae are commonly called Swallowtails and Birdwings. They are large with average wingspans 60 to 110 mm. Papilionidae are often black with patches of white or green. The forewings of the adult Clearwing Swallowtail or Big Greasy...
Whites and Yellows (PIERIDAE)

Whites and Yellows (PIERIDAE)

The Pieridae is a large family of butterflies, mainly white or yellow, often with black spots. The larvae (caterpillars) of some of these species feed on brassicas, and are agricultural pests. Common Migrant Catopsilia pyranthe caterpillars are cylindrical and green,...
Nymphs, Danaiids, Satyrs, Fritillaries and Browns (NYMPHALIDAE )

Nymphs, Danaiids, Satyrs, Fritillaries and Browns (NYMPHALIDAE )

The Nymphalidae is a family of about 5,000 species of butterflies, typically fairly large, such as the emperor, admirals, tortoiseshells and fritillaries, which have very colourful wings. Underwings are dull. The caterpillars are hairy or spiky, and the chrysalids...
Gossamer winged, Blues and Coppers (LYCAENIDAE )

Gossamer winged, Blues and Coppers (LYCAENIDAE )

The Lycaenidae are the second-largest family of butterflies, with about 6000 species worldwide. Traditional divided into the blues Polyommatinae, coppers Lycaeninae, hairstreaks Theclinae and harvesters Miletinae et al. Adults are small, under 50 mm usually, and...
Lappet moths (ANTHELIDAE)

Lappet moths (ANTHELIDAE)

Anthelidae is a family of Australian lappet moths. The caterpillars are very hairy, and may cause skin irritation. The adults are medium to very large moths. The Variable Anthelid Anthela varia is found in the coastal areas of southern Queensland, New South Wales, and...