(previously known as Ialmenus daemeli)
ZESIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Bundaberg, Queensland)
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 :
It has been found it feeding on the foliage of
and on many 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 male adult has metallic greenish-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 female is similar except the iridescence is more purplish.
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 2 cms.
The eggs are laid in small clusters on a branch of a young plant. The eggs are brown, round and flattened, and covered in a sparse off-white hexagonal spiky lattice. The eggs have 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.
Beitrag zur Rhopalocerenfauna von Australien,
Journal des Museum Godeffroy,
Volume 5, Heft 14 (1879) p. 166, No. 92.
(updated 25 June 2005, 12 November 2017, 30 June 2019, 3 August 2020, 6 September 2021)