Nesolycaena caesia d'Apice & Miller, 1992
Kimberly Opal
(previously known as : Adaluma caesia)
CANDALIDINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is green with a dark line down the back, and white lines along the sides. It feeds on plants in RUTACEAE including:

  • Boronia kalumburensis, and
  • Boronia wilsonii.

    The pupa is mottled brown with a length of about 1 cm.

    The butterflies are pale blue with dark forewing tips. The dark areas are larger for the females. The males have some black veins in the middle of each forewing. Underneath, the males are pale blue and the females pale brown Both have an arc of black spots around the hindwing margins, and just two black spots under each forewing margin. The wingspans are about 2.5 cms.

    The species occurs mainly in the north of

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    d'Apice & Miller,
    The genus Nesolycaena Waterhouse and Turner (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) with a description of new species,
    Australian Entomological magazine,
    Volume 19 (1992), pp. 75-80.

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 779-780.

    C.E. Meyer,
    A new record for Neolycaena caesia d'Apice & Miller (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from north-eastern Western Australia, The Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 23, Part 2 (September 1996), p. 79.


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    (updated 14 July 2004, 20 November 2013)