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Argynnis hyperbius inconstans Butler, 1873:164

Australian fritillary



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Argynnis inconstans Butler, 1873:164; Argyreus hyperbius inconstans (Butler, 1873:164)


Conservation Status

Last Record: 1988 (Queensland); 2001 (NSW)



New South Wales & Queensland, Australia












Original scientific description:

[url=]Butler, 1873; Cist. Ent. 1 (7): 164[/url]


Other references:

Barrett, C. and Burns, A.N. 1951. Butterflies of Australia and New Guinea. N.H. Seward, Melbourne. 

Braby, M.F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia, their identification, biology and distribution. CSIRO, Melbourne.

Dunn, K. L. and Dunn, L.E. 1991. Revision of the Australian butterflies: distribution, life history and taxonomy. Parts 1–4. Published by the authors, Melbourne.

Dunn, K.L., Kitching, R.L. and Dexter, E.M. 1994. The National Conservation Status of Australian butterflies. A report to Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra ACT.

Geyle, Hayley M. et al. (2021). Butterflies on the brink: identifying the Australian butterflies (Lepidoptera) most at risk of extinction. Austral Entomology 60: 98-110.

Hill, L. and Michaelis, F.B. 1988. Conservation of insects and related wildlife. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service Occasional Paper No. 13.

Johnston, L.M. and Johnston, D.R. 1984. Further observations on the life history of Argyreus hyperbius inconstans Butler (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in captivity. Australian Entomological Magazine 11: 75–78.

Lambkin, T.A. and Lambkin, K.J. 1977. Observations of the life history of Argyreus hyperbius inconstans Butler (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Australian Entomological Magazine 4: 13–16.

Olliff, A.S. 1888. On Rhopalocera from the vicinity of Mt Bellenden-Ker, Queensland. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 3: 394–396.

Olliff, A.S. 1889. Australian butterflies. A brief account of the native families, with a chapter on collecting and preserving insects. Natural History Association of New South Wales, Sydney.

Rainbow, W.J. 1907. A guide to the study of Australian butterflies. T.C. Lothian, Melbourne.

Sands, D. P. A. and New, Tim R. (2002). The Action Plan for Australian Butterflies. Canberra: Environment Australia.

Schwencke, H. and Jordan, F. 1998, ‘Australian Fritillary (Argyreus hyperbius). Draft Interim Recovery Plan’. Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Inc., Brisbane.

Sundholm, A. 1978. Extension of the known range of the Australian fritillary, Argynnis hyperbius inconstans Butler (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Australian Entomological Magazine 5: 34.

Waterhouse, G.A. 1932. What butterfly is that? Angus and Robertson, Sydney.

[url=]Fruhstorfer, 1903, Insekten-Börse 20 (17): 132[/url]

Lambkin, Trevor A. (2017). 'Argynnis hyperbius inconstans' Butler, 1873 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae): A review of its collection history and biology. The Australian Entomologist 44(4): 223-268. [Abstract]


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