Bright-eyed brown_Pick Swamp_9Jan2011_cropped

Bright-eyed brown_Pick Swamp_9Jan2011_cropped

Senior Ecologist Bryan:
This is one of my favourites, even though its not officially a threatened species in SA, it is under the FFG Act in Victoria. This butterfly was suggested to be listed under SA State legislation recently and is soon to be submitted for listing on the National Red List under the EPBC Act.

Bright-eyed Brown butterfly (Heteronympha cordace wilsonii), this sub-species is only known from one location (need to keep that hush-hush) in SA and a few isolated pockets in western Victoria. Its larval food plant is unknown in South Australia but suspected to be Carex appressa, which it is in Victoria. This butterfly has large characteristic eye spots with blue centres and tiny little blue spots on the underwing which help to differentiate it from other Heteronympha species.

Lu-Wei Spinks
Lu-Wei Spinks