(formerly known as Candalides acasta)
CANDALIDINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Todd Burrows, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is green with yellow lines. It feeds nocturnally inside the flower buds of various species of Dodder Laurel (Cassytha, LAURACEAE), including :
The pupa is narrow and brown with a few black spots. The abdomen has a pair of lateral flanges. The pupa is attached typically to a host plant near the ground by anal hooks and girdle.
The male and female adults are similar: brown on top with a blue sheen. Underneath, they are fawn with brown shading and rows of dark dashes. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The eggs are pale green flatteed spheres, with a sparse white polygonal network on the surface. The eggs have a diameter of about 0.7 mm. They are usually laid singly on flower buds of a foodplant.
The species occurs in the southern half of Australia, including :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 768-769.
H. Ramsay Cox,
Entomological notes from South Australia,
Volume 6 (1873), p. 402, No. 2.
(updated 16 September 2010, 30 October 2013, 12 March 2015, 1 August 2020, 6 September 2021)