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


Biology & Ecology




At least one specimen is part of the Lambkin-Knight collection (Maynard & Fearn, 2021).






Original scientific description:

Butler, Arthur G. (1873). Descriptions of new species of lepidoptera. Cistula Entomology 1(7): 151-177.


Other references:

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

Binns, D. (1976). Interesting butterfly records from southern Queensland and central New South Wales. Aust. ent. Mag. 3: 73-74.

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

Dexter, E. M., Dunn, K. L. and Kitching, R. L. (1993). The conservation status of butterflies in New South Wales. A Report to the Worldwide Fund for Nature. Unpublished report.

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.

Maynard, David and Fearn, Simon. (2021). A precious gift: the Lambkin–Knight butterfly collection donated to the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. The Tasmanian Naturalist 143: 1-11.

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.

Fruhstorfer, 1903, Insekten-Börse 20 (17): 132

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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