LUCIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Picture: courtesy of The Insect Company)
The two sexes of the adult butterflies of this species on top are different, but both are black with a large metallic blue patch in the centre of each wing. The patches for the males are a deep blue, and the females pale blue. Underneath, they are both grey or brown, with orange markings outlined in metallic pale green. Both sexes have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
This species is found on
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 656.
Descriptions of new species of butterflies captured by Mr. A.S. Meek, at Milne Bay, British New Guinea, in the museum of the Hon. Walter Rothschild, at Tring,
Volume 7 (1900), pp. 88-89.
(updated 24 June 2003, 4 November 2013)