Acrodipsas arcana ( Miller & Edwards, 1978)
Black-veined Ant Blue
(also known as Pseudodipsas arcana)
LUCIINI ,   THECLINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The adults of this species are brown on top, with areas of iridescent blue. There is a pair of black spots at the tornus of both the upper and lower surfaces of each hindwing. The undersides otherwise are fawn with irregular dark arcs that are edged with white. The wing span is about 2 cms.


underside
(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The species has been found inland in the hills of

  • southern Queensland, and
  • northern New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 639-640.

    C.G. Miller & E. D. (Ted) Edwards,
    A new species of Pseudodipsas C. & R. Felder (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from northern New South Wales,
    Australian Entomological Magazine,
    Volume 5, Part 3 (1978), p. 45.


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    (updated 9 November 2001, 18 August 2017)