ARHOPALINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
These Caterpillars are lumpy, and reddish grey, with a pair of dark diagonal stripes on the back of every segment. The caterpillars have a pair of tubercles on the last segment which can project a white organ. The caterpillars hide by day in bark crevices. At night they emerge to feed on various Mistletoe ( LORANTHACEAE ), including :
The caterpillars are always attended by ants from the subfamily DOLICHODERINAE : either
Pupation occurs in a bark crevice. The pupa is brown with dak markings, and has a length of 1.6 cms.
The butterflies are pale metallic blue on the upper surfaces with a narrow black edge to the costa and margin of each forewing.
The females are very similar to the males.
Underneath, they are grey with black markings edged in metallic green.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 704-706.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Notes on Australian Rhopalocera: Lycaenidae, Part 1,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 27, Part 3 (1902), pp. 339-340, and also Plate 14, fig 9.
(updated 17 June 2008, 20 November 2013)