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Amethyst Hairstreak Butterfly

Their specialised life-cycle and close relationship to certain ant species has resulted in this butterfly becoming rarer in man areas around Perth.

Butterflies Urban Pollinators

Noongar Names: Bindi Bindi, Barn Barn (Butterfly)

Scientific Name: Jalmenus icilius

Conservation Status: Least Concern (becoming rarer)

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: Amethyst Hairstreak Butterflies frequently visit home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Sunny positions around the garden

Diet: Adults feed on nectar, caterpillars feed on foliage

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Pollinator

ReWild Benefits

Amethyst Hairstreak Butterflies are pollinators and help connect biodiversity across the landscape. If you see them around your garden, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!

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