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Eltham Copper Butterfly caterpillar count 2018

Wed 26 September, 2018


Eltham Copper Butterfly caterpillar counts in October between 8pm and 10pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Andrew Yandell Habitat Reserve, Greensborough.

The Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida) is listed as an endangered species under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. It is endemic to Victoria and only found in a few locations in Eltham and Greensborough, Castlemaine and Bendigo, and in the Kiata and Salisbury area. We are lucky to have one reserve in the City of Banyule that supports a colony of Eltham Copper Butterfly – Andrew Yandell Habitat Reserve.

The Bushland Management team conducts annual caterpillar counts in October to monitor the health of the population in the reserve.  As the caterpillars are nocturnal, crew members and community volunteers search the Bursaria at night with torches for the ants and the caterpillars and then record the number found.

 The information collected during these counts is integral to planning future works to help provide better habitat for the Eltham Copper Butterfly.

 To help out with the counts this year please book via this link  or contact Megan Lowe for more information email on