Returning Long Lost Species of Butterfly to Adelaide

The City of PAE has been working with Green Adelaide to return a long-lost butterfly to the wetlands. For 10 years, we have been planting and tending to a specific breed to grass the larvae need to survive, and in early February 2022, we released the first batch of butterfly larvae into the wetlands.

More than thirty years ago, the yellowish sedge-skipper was last seen in metropolitan Adelaide. The butterfly’s much-loved food and home of thatching grass, Gahnia Filum, disappeared due to urban and horticultural development, and so the butterfly did too.

Rewilding Adelaide with butterflies is a vital step in the conservation of these native pollinators and also forms part of Adelaide’s push to become a National Park City.

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