Candalides acasta (Cox, 1873)
Blotched Blue
(one synonym : Holochila anita Semper, [1879])
CANDALIDINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Candalides acasta
(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 :

  • Common Dodder Laurel ( Cassytha filiformis ),
  • Slender Dodder Laurel ( Cassytha glabella ),
  • Downy Dodder ( Cassytha pubescens ),
  • Streaked Dodder Laurel ( Cassytha peninsularis ).

    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.

    Candalides acasta
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    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.

    Candalides acasta
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The eggs are pale green, rough, round, and flatteed. They are usually laid singly on flower buds of a foodplant.

    Candalides acasta
    (Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, taken at Ingleburn, New South Wales)

    The species occurs in the southern half of Australia, including :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 768-769.


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    (updated 16 September 2010, 30 October 2013)