SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

 

Department of Defence Land at St Kilda, a northern suburb of Adelaide

Left view photographed in 1996, of pristine Gahnia filum wetland (the large tussocks), original habitat of the endangered skipper, Hesperilla donnysa donnysa form flavescens (Yellowish Sedge-skipper).  This was the last remaining extensive wetland of its type left on the Adelaide Plains.  Each tussock is well over 100 years old. 

Right view taken one year later after clearance for urban development.   Clearance permission was not sought, nor was it required since Federal lands are not subject to State conservation laws.  It set a bad example for developers.  The clearance caused the extinction of the original, type (flavia) population of the butterfly.