Bursaria for butterflies



Organisations Involved

Connecting Country
Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment


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Connecting Country’s Bursaria for Butterflies project aims to protect and enhance priority habitat for the threatened Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida) around Castlemaine. 

Working with key landholders to protect and restore priority butterfly habitat on their land, Connecting Country will conduct on the ground works that reduce threats to the butterflies and improve the quality, quantity and connectivity of available butterfly habitat. Restoration will focus on the butterfly’s host plant, Sweet Bursaria (Bursaria spinosa). Uniquely, the Eltham Copper Butterfly has a close symbiotic association with a group of ants from the genus Notoncus.

Note:  this project is fully subscribed but to find out what you can do to support the Eltham Copper Butterfly, visit Eltham Copper Butterfly in Central Victoria – Connecting Country,  or pick up a copy of the ECB brochure from The Hub foyer. More about this project.

cover image: Euan Moore

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