There are about 40  species of Butterflies in or near to Perth. They vary in size from small ones with a wingspan of less than 2cm to a large wingspan of 9 cm. Most of the Skippers and Blues are best identified by seeing the underside of the wings rather than the top.

Below are some of the butterflies found in the Perth area:


Wedge Grass-skipper (Anisynta sphenosema) has a wingspand of 25 mm.
White-banded Grass-dart showing the underside of the wings.
Large Brown Skipper (Motasingha trimaculata) has a wingspan of 33 to 36 mm.
Silver-spotted Ochre (Trapezites atkinsi) has a wingspan of 30 mm.
Golden-haired Sedge-skipper (Hesperilla chrysotricha) has wingspan of 36 mm.
White-banded Grass-dart (Taractrocera papyria) has a wingspan on 19 to 20 mm.
Western Brown Skipper (Motasingha dirpha) has a wingspan of 35 to 38 mm.


Turquoise Jewel (Hypochrysops halyaetus) have a wingspan of 32 to 35 mm.
Varied Hairstreak (Jalmenus inous) have a wingspan on 29 to 30mm.
Fringed Heath-blue (Neolucia agricola) have a wingspan of 20 to 21mm.
Saltbush Blue (Theclinesthes serpentata) have a wingspan of 18mm.
Varied Dusky-blue (Candalides hyacinthina) have a wingspan of 28mm.
Rayed Blue (Candalides heathi) have a wingspan of 28 to 29mm.
Common Grass Blue (Zizina otis) have a wingspan of 20 to 23mm.
Blotched Dusky-blue (Candalides acasta) have a wingspan of 22mm.
Two-spotted Line-blue (Nacaduba biocellata) have a wingspan of 17mm.


Common Brown male has a wingspan of 56 mm.
Western Xenica (Geitoneura minyas) has a wingspan of 32 to 36 mm.
Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) has a wingspan of 60 mm.
Common Brown (Heteronympha merope) female, wngspan 64mm.
Marbled Xenica (Geitoneura klugii) has a wingspan of 39 to 42 mm.
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is an introduced species with wingspan of 93 mm.
Meadow Argus (Junonia villida) have a wingspan of 40 to 43mm.
Australian painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) has a wingspan of 43 to 47mm.

Whites and Yellows

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae) has a wingspan of 44mm. Introduced species.
Caper White (Belenois java) is found north of Geraldton.