(one synonym : Holochila anita Semper, )
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, rough, round, and flatteed. 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)