• Castlemaine's Endangered Butterfly Workshop


The Eltham Copper Butterfly (Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida) is only found in Victoria, Australia, and is restricted to a several sites around Castlemaine, Bendigo, Kiata (near Nhill) and Eltham. It is one of the rare good news stories within the extinction crisis in Australia. It was considered extinct in the 1950s until rediscovered at Eltham in 1986. The Eltham Copper Butterfly has a fascinating ecological relationship with our region and lives in woodlands around Castlemaine.

Come and learn about the unique life cycle and importance of this species, hear from two local experts and join a guided walk through some butterfly habitat. You will:

•    Hear all about the incredible life cycle of Eltham Copper Butterfly from local ecologists Elaine Bayes and Karl Just.
•    Learn about how to identify this species from similar butterflies.
•    Find out about butterfly monitoring and how you can help.
•    Join a guided walk through butterfly habitat at the Botanical Gardens Bushland Reserve.

This is a free event made possible with support from the Mount Alexander Shire Council. Afternoon tea will be provided.

Please wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

Tea Rooms, Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
2 Walker Street
Castlemaine 3450

03 5472 1594