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 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 of the introduced plants :
The pupa is pale brown with dark brown speckles.
The males and female adult butterflies are both brown on top with a purple sheen, and have an obscure black spot near the tornus of each hind wing. Underneath, both sexes are fawn with multiple arcs of white dashes. Each hind wing 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)