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Identification of Possible Species

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 result.
  • If you select incorrect combinations of characters you will get no results.
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.

Good luck!

 

Identification of Possible Species

You do not need to answer every question!
Complete only the questions you can answer comfortably.

1. Where did you collect your butterfly?


MA
(Mallee)

WI
(Wimmera)

GL
(Glenelg)

NC
(North Central)

CO
(Corangamite)

GB
(Goulburn-Broken)

PP
(Port Phillip)

NE
(North East)

WG
(West Gippsland)

EG
(East Gippsland)
Select and Click the most appropriate area.

 

2. What are the Major Colours on the wings?
(On fore and hind wings, above and below surfaces.)


BROWN

BLACK

WHITE

YELLOW

GREEN

RED

ORANGE

BLUE

PURPLE

GREY

SEMI-
TRANSPARENT


METALLIC
Select and Click ONE or MORE colour types that best suit your butterfly.

 

3. What is the shape of the antennae?


HOOKED


CLUBBED

Select and Click the antennal type that resembles your specimen.

 

4. What is the shape of the Hind Wing?

WITH
TAILS

 

WITHOUT
TAILS


 

Select and Click the hind wing shape that best resembles your specimen.

 

5. Do the wings have "Eye Spots", similar to these examples?

 YES
(similar to examples)


 NO

 

6. Adult Silhouettes.
(Click the ONE box that best matches the shape of your butterfly.)

 

Skippers
(Typical Colours: Brown & White)

 

Whites, Yellows, Sulphurs
(Typical Colours: Whites & Yellows)

 

Swallowtails
(Typical Colours: Black, White, Green & Red)

 

Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks
(Typical Colours: Blue, Brown, White & Metallic Underneath Hind Wings)

 

Browns, Nymphs, Danaines
(Typical Colours: Brown, Orange)

 

                                             

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