Candalides consimilis Waterhouse, 1942
Consimilis Blue
CANDALIDINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Candalides consimilis
larva with attendant ant
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

These Caterpillars can be nearly any colour: pink, orange, yellow, or green, and have variable markings. They have a brown head and a knobbly body, and are covered in fine hair. They feed on the flowers of various plants, for example:-

  • Ivy ( Hedera helix, ARALIACEAE ),
  • Celery Wood ( Polyscias elegans, ARALIACEAE ),
  • Elderberry Panax ( Polyscias sambucifolia, ARALIACEAE ),
  • Christmas bush ( Ceratopetalum gummiferum, CUNONIACEAE ), and
  • Beach Bird's Eye ( Alectryon coriaceus, SAPINDACEAE ).

    Candalides consimilis
    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    They pupate in a sheltered spot, often in a dead curled leaf. The pupa is brown with variable brown markings, and has a length of about 1.3 cms. When disturbed, it squeaks.

    Candalides consimilis
    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis)

    The female adults are brown on top, and the males mauve with brown margins. Both have two black spots by the tornus of each hind wing, and no tail. The underside of each wing is pale fawn with white markings. The underside of each hind wing has the two black spots near the tornus. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.

    Candalides consimilis
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Museum Victoria)

    The eggs are very pale green, round, and flattened. They are laid singly on flower buds or young shoots of a foodplant.

    Candalides consimilis
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Museum Victoria)

    The species occurs down the whole of the east coast of mainland Australia as three races:

  • toza (Kerr, 1967) in Queensland on the Cape York peninsula,
  • consimilis through rest of Queensland and New South Wales,
  • goodingi Tindale, 1965, mainly in Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 760-761.


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    (updated 25 December 2009, 30 October 2013)