Butterflies of Victoria

For all their thoroughness, the exquisite images of metamorphosis produced by Arthur Bartholomew and the Scott sisters in the 19th century omitted one phase of the moth's life cycle: the egg.

Ross Field is an honorary associate of the museum and an entomologist dedicated to documenting each life stage of every Victorian butterfly species. His passion has taken him to the top of many hills, along riverbanks and through parklands in pursuit of female butterflies as they lay their eggs. Simon Hinkley's extreme close-up photographs of Ross's egg collection are just a small fraction of the images that have been captured for his exhaustive guide to our butterflies.

Click an egg to reveal the butterfly parent.

Egg of Common Pencilled-blue (Candalides absimilis)Egg of Moonlight Jewel (Hypochrysops delicia delos)Egg of Yellow-spot Blue (Candalides xanthospilos)Egg of Wanderer (Danaus plexippus plexippus)Egg of Chequered Swallowtail (Papilio demoleus sthenelus)Egg of Small Grass-yellow (Eurema smilax)Egg of Orchard Swallowtail (Papilio aegeus aegeus)Egg of Wattle Blue (Theclinesthes miskini miskini)Egg of Varied Dusky-blue (Candalides hyacinthinus hyacinthinus)Egg of Bronze Ant-blue (Acrodipsas brisbanensis cyrilus)Egg of Macleay's Swallowtail (Graphium macleayanum macleayanum)Egg of Cabbage White (Pieris rapae rapae)Egg of Heath Sand-skipper (Antipodia chaostola)Egg of Tailed Emperor (Polyura sempronius sempronius)Egg of Glasswing (Acraea andromacha)Egg of Rock Ringlet (Hypocysta euphemia)Egg of Common Grass-blue (Zizina labradus labradus)Egg of Small Brown Azure (Ogyris otanes)Egg of Silky Hairstreak (Pseudalmenus chlorinda zephyrus)Egg of Yellow-spotted Jezebel (Delias nysa nysa)Egg of Common Crow (Euploea core corrina)Egg of Orange Palm-dart (Cephrenes augiades sperthias)Egg of Bronze Flat (Netrocoryne repanda)Egg of Ringed Xenica (Geitoneura acantha ocrea)Egg of Scarlet Jezebel (Delias argenthona argenthona)Egg of Blue Triangle (Graphium sarpedon)Egg of Small Ant-blue (Acrodipsas myrmecophila)Egg of Imperial Hairstreak (Jalmenus evagoras evgoras)Egg of Forest Brown (Argynnina cyrila)Egg of Dull Heath-blue (Neolucia mathewi)Egg of Narrow-winged Pearl-white (Elodina Padusa)Egg of Yellow Ochre (Trapezites luteus luteus)Egg of Silky Azure (Ogyris oroetes apiculata)Egg of Dainty Swallowtail (Papilio anactus)Egg of Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)Egg of Fiery Copper (Paralucia pyrodiscus)Egg of Black Jezebel (Delias nigrina)Egg of Yellow Jewel (Hypchrysops byzos hecalius)Egg of Dark Pencilled-blue (Candalides consimilis goodingi)Egg of Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calbye)Egg of Bright-eyed Brown (Heteronympha cordace)Egg of Spotted Alpine Xenica (Oreixenica orichora orichora)Egg of Southern Purple Azure (Ogyris genovera)Egg of Blue Tiger (Tirumala hamata hamata)Egg of Satin Azure (Ogyris amaryllis meridionalis)
Butterfly eggs
Digital macro photographs