Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count

An exciting project for community engagement and citizen science.

Brisbane's Big Butterfly Count

Thanks to funding from a Brisbane City Council Environment Grant we bring your Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count!

  • For all ages and knowledge levels.
  • A BCN project run in cooperation with all catchment groups.
  • Connecting you to butterflies through talks, workshops and field training

Butterflies are an indicator species for environmental health as well as providers of joy to those who encounter them!

Upcoming events

Ecology Walk
Sunday 9th May, 9am to 11am.
Moggill Conservation Park, Anstead.

Join Brisbane’s Big Butterfly Count and Helen Schwencke on a walk through a section of Moggill Conservation Park. Learn about the ecology of an entire bush setting, how every stage of the butterfly life cycle (or that of other herbaceous insects) is linked to vegetation.

Understand how larvae are dependent on their host plants for survival. Explore those host plants and link them to species , observe them in their habitat.

Free but bookings required.
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Popular Count – for EVERYONE!

For home gardeners, families, schools etc there is this easy survey with 31 common butterflies.

The brochure

Use the brochure for one location. If you want to do multiple locations, please use one brochure for each location.

You can get the brochure for the popular count at your closest catchment group. View it here (PDF).

Use BioCollect via the website or the app to add to BBBC!
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Have fun!

Butterfly Transects

For the scientist and others “in the know” there are transect walks for surveys in representative habitats along with catching, observation and ID.

If you have any questions, would like to support the project in some way, or hold a transect survey, please email the BBBC project lead Jutta Godwin at

How to look for butterflies

Recommended guides

  • Michael F. Braby, The Complete Field Gyide to Butterflies of
    Australia, revised edition, 2019, CSIRO Publishing. Very structured, with images of upper and underside of butterfly ; possibly the handier one of all books for field surveys.
  • Garry Sankowsky, A Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. Their life histories and larval host plants, 2020, Reed New Holland Publishers. Very comprehensive.

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