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Butterflies are essential in our environment because they pollinate plants. They’re also a good sign that your garden ecosystem is not just surviving, it’s thriving!

South-west Australia has few native butterfly species and those we do have are disappearing as a result of habitat loss. Planting the right native species can help conserve our butterflies, as well as many other native animal species.

Butterfly Lifecycle

There are four stages to a butterfly’s development – egg, caterpillar, chrysalis/pupa, and butterfly – and each stage of development has different feeding and habitat requirements.

Butterflies only lay eggson an appropriate, ready food source so that the emerging caterpillar has enough food to grow fat and strong for the extraordinary transformation ahead of it.. At the end of the larval stage, caterpillars need a sturdy, sheltered place to attach and form a chrysalis.

Caterpillars Need Food Too!

A few chewed leaves are not the end of the world, when you consider what caterpillars bring to your garden (birds and reptiles). It’s a small price to pay for biodiversity!

Caterpillars particularly enjoy crepe myrtle, everlastings and native violets.

Remember! The plant the caterpillar lives and feeds on is generally different to the plant the adult butterfly collects nectar from. From a conservation standpoint, providing caterpillars with plants for food and shelter is more important than supplying nectar for butterflies since they are the plants that allow butterflies to breed! And of course, adult butterflies can fly out of our garden to get their nectar-fix!

Keep It Warm and Sunny

Butterflies and caterpillars need warmth to stay active so butterfly gardens should be in full sun. You can enhance your garden with stepping stones or a gravel path on which butterflies can bask to get heat from above and below. Include a few flowering or evergreen shrubs for shelter from wind and rain.

No Chemicals

Avoid using chemicals and (non-organic) fertilisers in and around your garden as they may harm butterflies and poison animals. If you have a severe outbreak of a pest, it is usually because the ecological balance in your garden has been upset (such as the extermination of natural predators by pesticides). A garden ecosystem in balance will have its own natural bio-controls.

Beautiful butterflies you might see in your garden:

Western Jewel (Hypochrysops halyaetus)
Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)
Wedge Grass Skipper (Anisynta sphenosema)
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Pea-blue (Lampides boeticus)
White-banded Grass-dart (Taractrocera papyria papyria)
Spotted Jezebel (Delias aganippe)

Plants for a butterfly friendly garden:

Western Australian Golden Wattle (Acacia saligna)
Green Stinkwood (Jacksonia sternbergiana)
Green Carpet (Grevillea crithmifolia)
Geraldton Wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum)
Rice Flower (Pimelea ferruginea)
Red-eyed Wattle (Acacia cyclops)
Coast spear-grass (Austrostipa flavescens)
Feather spear-grass Austrostipa elegantissima)
Native Wisteria (Hardenbergia sp.)


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Name & URLTheme / FeaturesDate / comment
Whistlepipe Gully Loop Track 3500m track Kalamunda, waterfalls 2020.07.31 50% mapped 
Boodja Gnarning Walk in Kings Park 2km loop Indigenous trail Plants, glass bridge, waterfall 2020.07.12 drafted 3 tracks optional trails 
Art trail Claisebrook cove 3km trail - added 360 photos and some vid 2020.06 step inside links  
Virtual tour Heritage Sculpture trail trail 600m Burswood - park, lake, Icons - Family theme 2020.06 google mapped 
Loop CC Art trail East Perth 3km Trail Art walk 5km bike loop 2020.06 drafted 
Perth Quad bike - Pinjar Dirt tracks / trails - fast recording for google test 2020.06.14 recorded on the fly - it worked 
South Perth Bowling Club bowling club - 360 pics for google maps 2020.06.11 
Buryalup Park park, river, trails - add some footage to test 2020.06.04 
Jenalup Beach Beach, nature trail, cliffs 2020.05 virtual tour and google street view 
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2021.02 Rottnest Island Thrill ride: Jet Boat extreme fun Thrill boat ride fbk grp wa tourism - video 
2020.11.14 Applecross Swan river twilight sunset sail  free outings with members South of Perth Yacht Club fbk page - pic vid 
2020.09.25 Perth cbd swan rover new floating pub  The Raft fbk page 
2020.10.27 South Perth day adventure History the tram  Ferry Tram Museum fbk group wa tourism 
2020.10.03 South Perth Sunset river walk  Mindeerup Piazza fbk page pics  
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