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Anatomical model of a female silkworm moth, 1884

This is an anatomical model of a female silkworm moth manufactured in France in 1884. The model is constructed of papier-mâché, and the body is bullet-shaped and has a light covering of silk. It has six legs. The two wings on each side of the body are made of copper wire covered with translucent paper. The small head has ...

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Banks' brown butterfly

This is an information sheet on Banks' brown butterfly ('Heteronympha banksii') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Bright copper butterfly

This is an information sheet on the bright copper butterfly ('Paralucia aurifer') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Cabbage white butterfly

This is an information sheet on the cabbage white butterfly ('Pieris rapae') with description, distribution, habitat, host plant and images. The information sheet is available as a PDF for download.

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Bioinformatics

This website is devoted to Victoria's indigenous butterflies, snakes, frogs, mammals and lizards.

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Monarch marathon: winging it to warmer weather

When Monarch Butterfly caterpillars hatch from their tiny eggs, they must get ready to travel thousands of kilometres to escape the cold winter weather. See how these caterpillars change and grow to make this long journey possible.

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Growing and changing - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore the concepts of growing and changing and learn how to write descriptions and explanations.

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The life cycle of monarch butterflies

This is a colour clip showing the different stages in the life cycle of monarch butterflies ('Danaus plexippus'). In the clip there is close-up footage of butterfly eggs and the caterpillars that hatch from them. It also shows caterpillars feeding on milkweed and progressing through the pupal stages before emerging as adult ...

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Animal Olympians: butterfly

This is a clip showing the migratory behaviour of the marathon-flying monarch butterflies ('Danaus plexippus'). The clip includes close-up footage of eggs and caterpillars and their transformation into an adult butterfly. The adults are then shown congregating and flying in large numbers, while the narrator explains the ...

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Caterpillar of the orchard butterfly

This is a colour photograph of the caterpillar, or larva, of the orchard butterfly ('Papilio aegeus'), also known as the orchard swallowtail, showing the bright red, fleshy Y-shaped organ that appears from behind its head when it is disturbed. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: ...

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Pupa of a Richmond birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of a pupa of a Richmond birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera richmondius') with some caterpillar spines still visible in the pupa case. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Caterpillar of the Ulysses butterfly resting on a leaf

This is a colour photograph of a Ulysses butterfly caterpillar ('Papilio ulysses') resting on a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Egg of the Richmond birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of a round golden-yellow egg of the Richmond birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera richmondius') laid on the underside of a leaf. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Caterpillar of the Cairns birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of the underside of the caterpillar, or larva, of the Cairns birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera priamus'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Pupa of the Cairns birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of the pupa of the Cairns birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera priamus') attached to an old, curling leaf, which it resembles. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Dorsal and ventral views of male Ulysses butterflies

This is a colour photograph of the dorsal (left) and ventral (right) views of male Ulysses butterflies ('Papilio ulysses') showing difference in colour and pattern on the top and underside. A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Views of a male Cairns birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of a dorsal (upper) and ventral (lower) view of a male Cairns birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera priamus'). A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Views of a female Cairns birdwing butterfly

This is a colour photograph of a dorsal (upper) and ventral (lower) view of a female Cairns birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera priamus'). A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Views of a male and a female orchard butterfly

This is a colour photograph of dorsal views of a male (left) and female orchard butterfly ('Papilio aegeus'). The differences in size and wing patterns of the male and female can be easily seen. A scale is included. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)

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Two stages of the Richmond birdwing caterpillar

This is a colour photograph of caterpillars of the Richmond birdwing butterfly ('Ornithoptera richmondius') at different stages of growth. The black caterpillar is the younger stage. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera, Family: Papilionidae.)