Black-veined Ant Blue
(also known as Pseudodipsas arcana)
LUCIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The adults of this species are brown on top, with areas of iridescent blue. The males have straighter forewing margins than the females.
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.
The species has been found inland in the hills of
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.
(updated 9 November 2001, 18 August 2017, 6 August 2020)