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Special Public Talk event – Dr Peter McQuillan B.Agric. Sc., PhD ‘Why nectar is important to butterflies and where they find it.’

4 November @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

$25.00 – $70.00

Why nectar is important to butterflies and where they find it.

The Butterfly Conservation SA Society was founded over twenty years ago because of concerns by people that butterfly numbers were declining.

Nectar is the major energy source for butterflies, but species differ greatly in the range of flowers they exploit. Recent research has shown that only a small range of herbs, shrubs and a few trees account for most visits by butterflies.  Dr. Peter McQuillan‘s talk will be of interest to those wishing to provide nectar for butterflies visiting a garden and those interested in remnant vegetation conservation.

Event partner: SA Museum, celebrating 165 years young.

This is a COVID safe event operating at a capped capacity.

To be assured of a seat:

We have engaged a professional A/V team who will be recording the talk, and we may be able to livestream the event.


About Dr Peter McQuillan:

Dr Peter McQuillan grew up in Adelaide and was a regular visitor to the South Australian Museum entomology section from a young age. He was always passionate about insects, including micro-moths,

After graduating in agricultural science from the University of Adelaide, he followed a career of entomology in Tasmania, and, until recently, was a Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Tasmania, teaching biogeography and environmental studies.

Peter’s research interests include pollination and herbivory, invasive species management, and the distribution of insects. He is especially interested in invertebrates as indicators of environmental change. His studies have involved moths, beetles and ants, and he has made a substantial contribution to the conservation and systematics of Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. He is a strong advocate for the conservation of invertebrate communities and their function.

In 2019, he was senior author of the BCSA-produced book ‘Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of southern Australia’.


4 November
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$25.00 – $70.00


Gerry Butler
0407 972 149


South Australian Museum
North Terrace
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Entry Ticket
Event admission. Includes canapés, coffee and tea
$ 25.00
Entry Ticket + Butterfly Book
Event admission + Butterfly Book. Includes canapés, coffee and tea. Pick up book at venue.
$ 45.00
Event Ticket + Moth Book
Event admission + Moth Book. Includes canapés, coffee and tea. Pick up book at venue.
$ 50.00
Entry Ticket + Butterfly Book + Moth Book
Event admission + Butterfly Book + Moth Book. Includes canapés, coffee and tea. Pick up books at venue.
$ 70.00