SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

CHECKLIST OF POSSIBLES


A checklist of additional butterflies likely to be found in South Australia.
To be looked out for by keen naturalists


 

Superfamily HESPERIOIDEA (skippers)
Family HESPERIIDAE
Subfamily TRAPEZITINAE
BUTTERFLY COMMON NAME STATUS
Tribe TRAPEZITINI
Pasma tasmanica Two-spotted Grass-skipper (SE)
Tribe MESODININI
Croitana aestiva Desert Grass-skipper (IN)
Subfamily HESPERIINAE (darters and swifts)      Tribe TARACTROCERINI
Cephrenes trichopepla Yellow Palm-dart Possibly present in Adelaide
Taractrocera ina Ina Grass-dart (IN)

 

Superfamily PAPILIONOIDEA
Family PIERIDAE (whites and yellows)
Subfamily COLIADINAE (yellows)
Catopsilia scylla etesia Orange Migrant (NV)
Subfamily PIERINAE (whites)
Delias harpalyce Imperial White (SE)
Family NYMPHALIDAE (brush-footed butterflies)
Subfamily DANAINAE (milk-sap butterflies)
Tirumala hamata hamata Blue Tiger or Blue Wanderer (NV)
Subfamily SATYRINAE (browns)     Tribe SATYRINI      Subtribe HYPOCYSTINA
Argynnina cyrila Forest Xenica (SE)
Family LYCAENIDAE (coppers and blues)
Subfamily THECLINAE
Tribe LUCIINI
Paralucia aurifera Bright Copper (SE)
Paralucia pyrodiscus Dull Copper (SE)
Tribe OGYRINI (azures)
O. genoveva-O. idmo species-group
Ogyris zosine Zosine Azure (IN)
Tribe ZESIINI  (hairstreaks)
Jalmenus ictinus Stencilled Hairstreak Possibly present in the Olary Range
Subfamily POLYOMMATINAE
Tribe CANDALIDINI
Candalides noelkeri Golden-rayed Blue (SE)
Tribe POLYOMMATINI
Leptotes plinius pseudocassius Plumbago Blue, Zebra Blue (IN)
Zizula hylax attenuata Tiny Grass-blue (IN)

 


 

 

STATUS DEFINITIONS

(NV)=Possible Northern Vagrant, (IN)=Possibly resident as Inland fauna, (SE)= Possibly resident as South-east fauna. 


NORTHERN VAGRANT: These species could enter South Australia from the north or northeast as periodic migrants, particularly during favourable monsoon seasons of combined wet, humid summers and autumns in inland areas.  Most of these species are biologically unsuited to the cooler southern areas of South Australian and do not establish even if the food host is present.

INLAND FAUNA: These species are established in the Alice Springs area (Northern Territory).  They have not as yet, been noted as being established in the adjacent northern areas of South Australia, but it is possible they will occur in that region of the state wherever suitable food host is present in high enough density.

SOUTH-EAST FAUNA: These species are eastern state fauna (ie. either the species or the foodplant host requires high humidity), that have been recorded from the south-western areas of Victoria and are likely to occur in similar habitat areas of the South-east Region of South Australia.  They are at the westernmost extent of their normal range, and in this marginal environment situation they are likely to be rare, but elsewhere within their normal range within the eastern states they may be common, although some species are naturally quite rare.


Author:  R. GRUND, copyright 20 December 2000, all rights reserved.   Last update 25 July 2009