Butterfly of the Month
Let's celebrate Brisbane's butterflies! We'll put the spotlight onto a different species every month. It'll allow us to learn about the butterfly and its needs, and will help to train our eyes and recognition skills. You will also find information on larval host plants to start you off on planting for butterflies.
The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) is the largest of our Swallowtails in South-East Queensland with a wingspan of 105mm for the male and 115mm for the female, sometimes exceeding that. The butterfly’s conservation status is listed as vulnerable.
The Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus sthelneus) belongs to the Family of Swallowtails (Papilionidae). This attractive butterfly has a wingspan of 72mm for the male and 73mm for the female. Thanks to its wing patterns and colours it can't be mistaken for any other.
The Black Jezebel (Delias nigrina) can be seen all year around and is known as one of our winter butterflies. Males and females have a wingspan of 56mm. At first glance the adult butterfly resembles our March 2022 Butterfly of the Month, the Jezebel Nymph.
Evening Brown (Melanitis leda). This is a butterfly for all seasons. Walk through the bush at any time throughout the year, you are bound to disturb an Evening Brown. Helped by its colour on the underside, at first glance, the adult may be mistaken for part of the leaf litter.
The Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus) is one of Brisbane's largest butterflies. You can't miss it, and are likely to encounter it in bushland as well as in your garden, the latter especially if you have an orchard or at least a lemon, citrus or kumquat tree.