Animal Species:Meadow Argus Butterfly

The Meadow Argus Butterfly has brown wings with prominent blue eyespots surrounded by brown and orange rings.

Meadow Argus Butterfly

R.Jessop © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Meadow Argus Butterfly

Size range

4 cm - 5 cm

Distribution

The Meadow Argus Butterfly is found throughout Australia.

Habitat

The Meadow Argus Butterfly lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Seasonality

The adults of the Meadow Argus Butterfly are seen in Sydney throughout most of the year and migrate north in October or November.

Feeding and Diet

Caterpillars of the Meadow Argus Butterfly are black and spiky, and feed on a variety of garden plants, both native and introduced.

Classification

Species:
villida calybe
Genus:
Junonia
Subfamily:
Nymphalinae
Family:
Nymphalidae
Superfamily:
Papilionoidea
Order:
Lepidoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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