(previously known as Lycaena ancrya)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
male and female upper surfaces
(Photo: courtesy of Yusuke Takanami & Yasuo Seki)
These Caterpillars are green, segmented, and hairy. They feed on the flowers of such plants as :
The male adult butterflies of this species are lilac on top, whereas the females are brown. Both have a little tail at the tornus of each hind wing. The males have one or two black spots beside each tail. The females have a whole arc of black spots along the margin of each hind wing.
Underneath, both sexes are pale grey, with multiple arcs of white dashes, and a black spot by the tail surrounded in orange. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The species occurs as several races across south-east Asia, including
and as mysia (Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914) in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 800-801.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), pp. 457-458, No. 36.
(updated 31 March 2011, 1 November 2013, 24 May 2019, 10 July 2020)