List of butterflies of Tasmania

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Tasmania is located south of the mainland of Australia, separated from the state of Victoria by the 240 km wide Bass Strait. Although Tasmania shares most of its fauna with the southern parts of Australia or Australia as a whole, Tasmania's isolation along with its wetter, cooler and cloudier weather caused the evolution of several endemic Tasmanian species and sub-species, butterflies included.

There are thirty-nine species of butterflies found in Tasmania. They are grouped primarily as: skippers, blues, browns, swallowtails and the introduced whites.

Papilionidae[edit]

Macleay's Swallowtail (Graphium macleayanus), Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania, Australia

family: Papilionidae (Swallowtails) — 1 species

Papilioninae[edit]

genus: Graphium

Pieridae[edit]

family: Pieridae (Whites and Yellows) — 4 species

Coliadinae[edit]

genus: Eurema

Pierinae[edit]

genus: Appias
genus: Anaphaeis
genus: Pieris

Lycaenidae[edit]

family: Lycaenidae (Gossamer-winged Blues and Coppers) — 9 species

Zizina labradus, the Common Grass Blue perched on a rose

Polyommatinae[edit]

genus: Candalides
genus: Lampides
genus: Neolucia
genus: Theclinesthes
genus: Zizina

Theclinae[edit]

genus: Paralucia
genus: Pseudalmenus

Nymphalidae[edit]

family: Nymphalidae (Brush– or four-footed) — 14 species

Junonia villida, the Meadow Argus

Danainae[edit]

genus: Danaus

Nymphalinae[edit]

genus: Junonia
genus: Vanessa

Satyrinae[edit]

genus: Argynnina
genus: Geitoneura
genus: Heteronympha
genus: Nesoxenica
genus: Oreixenica

Hesperiidae[edit]

family: Hesperiidae (Skippers) — 11 species

genus: Anisynta
genus: Antipodia
genus: Hesperilla
genus: Ocybadistes
genus: Oreisplanus
genus: Pasma
genus: Taractrocera
genus: Trapezites

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