(erroneously: Ialmenus dameli)
ZESIINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
This Caterpillar is initially green with a black pattern, but later turns brown with a white pattern. The head is black, and there are raised areas on the first and last segments. The Caterpillar is attended by the black ants :
We have found it in Bundaberg feeding on the foliage of
but it may be found on almost any species of:
The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 1 cm.
It pupates under a leaf of the food plant, the pupa being initially green with brown markings, and later brown. The pupa also attracts the same ants. The pupa also had a length of about 1 cm.
The adult has metallic blue wing upper surfaces, with two eye-spots by a little tail on each hind wing, and a short black bar on each forewing.
The under-surface has a pattern of fawn and brown, and also has a pair of eye-spots by the tail on each hind wing. The butterfly has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The eggs are laid in small clusters on a branch of a young plant. The eggs are white round and flattened, with a diameter of about 0.6 mm.
The species is found mainly in the coastal areas of
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 723-724.
(updated 25 June 2005, 15 November 2013)