Philiris diana Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914
Diana or Large Moonbeam
LUCIINI,   THECLINAE,   LYCAENIDAE,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillar of this species has not yet been described, but an adult of this species emerged from a pupa which was found on the upperside of a leaf of a probable food plant for this caterpillar, which was probably

  • Brown Bollywood (Litsea leefeana, (LAURACEAE).

    Philiris diana
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The female adult butterfly of this species has forewings each with a black upper surface, but with a large blue and white area extending from the base. The hindwings are black each with a pale blue and white area around the wingtip, and along the hind margin..

    Philiris diana
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The male butterfly has mauve forewings, each with a white patch in the middle. The hindwings are mauve, each with white stripes along the costa and hind margin. Both sexes are white underneath.

    The species is found in:

  • Queensland.

    Philiris diana was previously thought to have two subspecies occurring in Australia. Those two subspecies are now recognised to be two separate species: Philiris diana and Philiris papuana.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 679-680.

    Donald Peter Andrew Sands,
    Review of Australian Philiris Röber (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), with notes on variation and descriptions of two new subspecies from Cape York peninsula,
    Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 42, Part 4 (2015), pp. 219-252.

    Gustavus Athol Waterhouse & George Lyell,
    The Butterflies of Australia,
    Angus & Robertson, 1914, Sydney, p. 76, No. 87, and also Fig. 183, as well as Figs. 270, 271.


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    (updated 22 June 2008, 22 November 2013, 7 August 2020, 8 September 2021)