Hypochrysops cleon , 1900
Splendid Jewel
LUCIINI ,   THECLINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(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.


underside
(Picture: courtesy of The Insect Company)

This species is found on

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland on Cape York.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 656.

    Henley Grose-Smith,
    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,
    Novitates Zoologicae,
    Volume 7 (1900), pp. 88-89.


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    (updated 24 June 2003, 4 November 2013)