Bright Forest Blue
LUCIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
This Caterpillars is green with 'S' shaped yellow lines on each shoulder of each segment.
The caterpillars rest by day in a sheltered spot on the food plant, which may be :
The caterpillars are attended by the dull black ants :
The caterpillar pupates in a crack or hole in a branch, the pupa being held by the tail and a central silken girdle. The pupa is brown with a narrow dark line along the back.
The butterflies are dark brown with iridescent blue patches on top. These patches are more turquoise in the male, and more purplish in the female. The females are 10% larger than the males.
The undersides are fawn, with arcs of darker markings. The hindwings also have a number of small black crescents along the tornus, both on the upper and lower surfaces. These are more pronounced in the female. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The eggs are laid in in small groups of one to three on a foodplant.
The species occurs the coastal areas of
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 649-650.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Descriptions of New Species of Lycaenidae from his own Collection,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1874, Part 3, p. 344.
(updated 27 June 2008, 23 November 2013, 9 August 2020)