LUCIINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
The male butterflies on top are an iridescent pale blue with a black tip to each forewing. The females are black with a white patch on each forewing suffused with blue. Underneath, both sexes are white, with a small black spot near the base and some small black spots around the tornus of each hindwing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
This species is found in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 681-682.
S.J. Johnson & I.R. Johnson,
First record of Philiris azula Wind and Clench (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from Australia,
Australian Entomological Magazine,
Volume 10, Number 6 (1984), pp. 89-90.
Robert Grant Wind & Harry Kendon Clench,
New Indo-Australian Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera),
Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society,
Volume 42, Part 1 (1947), p. 8.
(written 28 November 2001, updated 22 November 2013)