(previously known as Utica albocincta)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ross P. Field, Museums Victoria)
This caterpillar is green or brown with a broad pink dorsal stripe with white borders. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 1 cm. It is often attended by a variety of ants. The caterpillars feed on a number of plants in EUPHORBIACEAE, including :
The adult males are bluish-grey, with a black spot beside the tornus of each hindwing.
The females are brown with some variable blue areas around the bases. Both sexes have chequered margins, and a small tail at the tornus of each hindwing. The butterflies have a wing-span of about 2 cms.
Underneath, the butterflies are pale brown. with wriggly white lines.
The species occurs over most of Australia, including
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 809-811.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Notes on Australian Rhopalocera : Lycaenidae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 28, Part 1 (1903), p. 242.
(updated 26 July 2009, 21 September 2013, 10 August 2020)