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Swordgrass Brown Butterfly

Tisiphone abeona

Swordgrass Brown Distribution Swordgrass Brown Butterfly Swordgrass Brown Butterfly
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Date & Time: 7 November 2001 11:12
Place: Boronia, Vic

Swordgrass Brown Butterfly wings closed Swordgrass Brown Butterfly with Wings Closed
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Date & Time: 25 December 2004 11:16
Place: The Basin, Vic

Swordgrass Brown Butterfly on Swordgrass Swordgrass Brown Butterfly on Swordgrass
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Date & Time: 25 December 2004 11:44
Place: The Basin, Vic

Swordgrass Brown Butterfly Swordgrass Brown Butterfly
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Date & Time: 19 March 2005 12:32
Place: Bunyip State Park
There are a few reserves in and near the Dandenongs with particular emphasis on conservation for this special butterfly. They feed and lay eggs on particular plants, giving them their name, but also making them vulnerable to habitat destruction.

The distribution map above shows more continuous than their actual distribution in the wild, which is fragmented. There is also a fair degree of variation in sub-populations and some might not easily be recognizable as a Swordgrass Brown Butterfly.

In the last couple of years I have only seen these in isolation until I visited Bunyip State Park. In one location (in an area that had burnt the previous year) there were many fluttering elegantly around the regenerating forest.

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