Catopyrops ancyra (C. Felder 1860)
Ancyra Blue
(previously known as Lycaena ancrya)
POLYOMMATINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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 :

  • Gray Nicker ( Caesalpina bonduc, CAESALPINIACEAE ),
  • Cheese Tree ( Glochidion ferdinandi , PHYLLANTHACEAE ),
  • Poison Peach ( Trema tomentosa, ULMACEAE ), and
  • Australian Mulberry ( Pipturus argenteus, URTICACEAE ).

    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.


    male and female undersides
    (Photo: courtesy of Yusuke Takanami & Yasuo Seki)

    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

  • Indonesia,
  • Malaysia,
  • New Guinea,
  • Philippines,
  • Singapore,
  • Taiwan,

    and as mysia (Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914) Australia in

  • Queensland on Cape York and adjacent islands.


    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.


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    (updated 31 March 2011, 1 November 2013)