POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
These Caterpillars feed on the flowers of :
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.
The species occurs in
and occasionally in Australia in
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.
(updated 30 April 2004, 15 November 2013)