Eighteen species breed regularly in the La Trobe Willdlife Sanctuary, although new species may become resident as suitable habitat becomes available.

One migrant species occurs in the area, Caper White Anaphaeis java teutonia, which pass through the area from the west. A number of species are vagrants to the area and do not appear to breed. Other species of interest are those which can be found in areas adjacent to the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary. These species may have once occured in the Sanctuary prior to European arrival.

Species status*

R - resident, M - migrant, V - vagrant, N - non resident, A - found in adjacent areas

LYCAENIDAE (Blues, Coppers, Hairstreaks, Azures)
Blue Jewel, Hypochrysops delicia deliciaDark Purple Blue, Ogyris abrotaImperial BlueJalmenus evagoras (R)
Chequered Blue, Theclinesthes serpentataDouble-spotted Lineblue, Nacaduba biocelata biocellataOlane Azure, Ogyris olane olane (N)
Common Dusky Blue, Candalides hyacinthinus hyacinthinus (A)Eltham Copper, Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida (A)Pea Blue, Lampides boeticus
Common Grass-blueZizina labradus labradusIctinus Blue, Jalmenus ictinus (A)Small Copper, Lucia limbaria (A)
Bright Sheild Skipper, Signeta flammeata (N)Doubleday's Skipper, Toxidia doubledayiSpotted Skipper, Hesperilla ornata ornata (A)
Dispar Skipper, Dispar compactaPhigaglia Skipper, Trapezites phigalia phigalia (A)Symmomus Skipper, Trapezites symmomus symmomus (R)
Donnysa Skipper, Hespiridae donnysa donnysa (A)Rare White-spot Skipper, Trapesites luteus leucus (A)White Grassdart, Taractrocera papyria
NYMPHALIDAE (Admirals, Browns, Fritillaries)
Australian Admiral, Vanessa itea (N)Eastern Ringed Xenica, Geitoneura acantha acanthaMeadow Argus, Junonia villida calybe
Australian Painted LadyVanessa kershawi (R)Klug's Xenica, Geitoneura klugii klugiiShouldered BrownHeteronympha penelope penelope (N)
Common BrownHeteronympha meropeLesser Wanderer, Danaus chrysippus petiliaTailed Emperor, Polyura pyrrhus sempronius (V)
PAPILIONIDAE (Swallowtails or true butterflies)
Dingy Swallowtail, Papilio anactus (N)Orchard Butterfly, Papilio aegus aegus
Caper White Anaphaeis java teutonia (M)Small Grass Yellow, Eurema smilax (V)
Imperial White, Delias harpalyceWood White, Delias aganippe
Cabbage White, Pieris rapae rapae I

*List compiled by Micahel F. Braby with additions by Cam Beardsell

Scientific nomenclature is constantly changing! Names were accurate at the time of putting this together. We recommend cross checking names with Atlas of Living Australia.