Jamides amarauge H.H.Druce, 1891
Amarauge Cerulean
POLYOMMATINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

These Caterpillars feed on the flowers of :

  • Kudzu ( Pueraria lobata, FABACEAE ).

    The adult butterflies are pale metallic blue on top with broad black margins. The hindwings have an arc of dark spots and chevrons around the rear margin, and a little tail at the tornus. Underneath, they are fawn with rows of white dashes and white chevrons around the margins. The hindwings each have a black spot by the tail. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.


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

    The species occurs in

  • New Guinea, and
  • its adjacent islands,

    and occasionally in Australia in

  • Queensland on Cape York.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 824-825.

    Hamilton Herbert Druce,
    On the Lycaenidae of the Solomon Islands,
    Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
    1891, Part 3, pp. 366-367, and also Plate 31, figs. 20-21.


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    (updated 30 April 2004, 15 November 2013)