LUCIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
This Caterpillar may be green, brown, pink or grey. It has pale sides, a broad dark dorsal line containing a narrow white line, and pale patches on the thorax and abdominal segments five and six. It hides by day in crevices or a rolled leaf, and by night feeds on leaves of :
The Caterpillar is always attended by ants from the genus
The pupa is brown and formed in a sheltered crevice or similar spot on the foodplant.
The male and female adults are different. The male is metallic blue on top with a narrow black margin.
The female is brown on top with an orange suffusion.
Underneath, they are fawn with rows of red dashes edged with pale metallic green. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are laid in clusters on twigs and leaf stems of a food plant. They are pale turquoise.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 676-677.
William Henry Miskin,
Descriptions of new species of Australian diurnal Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1876, pp. 455-456.
(updated 16 September 2010, 9 November 2013)