Small Purple Line Blue
(previously known as Lampides dubiosa)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Todd Burrows, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland)
This is a humpbacked corrugated Caterpillar. It is coloured yellow with brown speckles. It has been found feeding on the flowers and buds of various Australian native plants, including :
and introduced plants such as :
The pupa is pale brown with dark brown speckles.
The males and female adult butterflies are both brown with a purple sheen, particularly over the basal wing areas. The hinwings have an obscure black spot near the tornus. The females are larger and paler than the males.
Underneath, both sexes are fawn with multiple arcs of white dashes. Each hindwing has a black spot under the tornus. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The species occurs as several races throughout south-east Asia, including
and also in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 798-799.
Beitrag zur Rhopalocerenfauna von Australien,
Journal des Museum Godeffroy,
Volume 5, Heft 14 (1879) p. 159, No. 66.
(updated 22 March 2011, 23 November 2013, 8 August 2020)