Here is a user-friendly "key" to help you identify butterflies. You should
take note of the following:
The key will not identify your butterfly to species. For the state of
Victoria, there are over 130 different species, and the key will
produce a selection of possible species.
The key has 6 characters.
The more characters you use, the smaller number of "possible" species will
If you select incorrect combinations of characters you will get no
Therefore, we suggest you select characters in which you feel confident enough
to make a decision (eg. Where was the butterfly was caught? or Do the wings
have Eye Spots?.) Try selecting one character at a time and press the submit button.
Once you begin to receive results back, then add more characters. If you
return with no reults, then you will know that the last character you added
was a false combination.
Once you have made your selection(s), you will be offered a range of images
of species which the combination of characteristics you have nominated.