Ben Brook with a Tailed Emperor in his butterfly house.

In 2012 the SR CMN is holding its inaugural Strathbogie Ranges Butterfly Festival

In actual fact, we’re celebrating that important Order of Insects, the Lepidoptera, which includes both moths and butterflies, but we’ve named it a Butterfly Festival, for short, at least for this year.

The program is a partnership between several community groups and includes a variety of activities across different localities.


17 – 24 November, 2012

Lepidoptera Art Exhibition  17th to 24th November, in several different locations around Euroa, including “Shielainc” gallery (Binney Street), the Euroa Library and the Arboretum, and perhaps more widely- stay tuned. RSVP Penny Algar

17th Nov. 6-7.30 pm. Art Exhibition Opening at SheilaInc Gallery, Binney St Euroa. Meet the artists and enjoy some drinks and nibbles. 6 – 7.30 pm. RSVP Penny Algar , 0439 381132, or , 5790 4268.

Sat. 17th Nov. 8 pm onwards. Musical Evening at the Old Flour Mill. Join in a concert of lepidoptera-inspired music. Performances will include Baroque, Rennaisance & Contemporary music performed by the Ray Thomas & Friends recorder ensemble, and ‘Old Hat’ a 1920’s to 1940’s Jazz Band. The Mill will be selling drinks & light refreshments  all evening. RSVP: Janet Hagen

Sun. 18th Nov. 8 am to 6 pm. Coach trip to the Butterfly House at the Melbourne Zoo, including a behind the scenes tour. 45 people max. Cost $20/$10. Bookings confirmed on receipt of payment.

Mon. 19th Nov. 4-7 pm. Faithfulls Creek Falls & Butterfly Walk, presented by Balmattum Shean’s Creek Landcare. Meet at ‘Glenmaye’ 323 Dip La, Balmattum.

Wed. 21st Nov. 8-10 pm. ‘Ruffy Night-time Mothing’. Hughes Creek Landcare at the Tablelands Community Centre (Old Ruffy School).

Thursday 22nd Nov. ‘Butterflies in the Bush’Whiteheads Creek Landcare, Seymour Special School –Light horse Park, Seymour.

Frid. 23rd Nov. 5 pm -10 pm. Lepidoptera Evening @ Violet Town Community Centre in partnership with Honeysuckle Recreational & Education Precinct and Peranbin Primary College. Butterfly  Garden Display. ‘Lepidoptera’ Youth Performance’. School Butterfly Art Display. ‘Spotlight on Moths’ presentation & mothing with renowned moth expert Peter Marriott. Wood fired Pizzas for dinner.

Sat. 24 Nov. Butterfly Festival Day @ Euroa Arboretum 10am – 2pm, featuring the world-famous Connies ( Childrens face-painting & butterfly wings; ‘How to catch a butterfly’; Butterfly displays and presentations by guest speakers. How to design a butterfly garden- Cathy & Geoff Olive. Lunch provided. RSVP essential.