Deudorix epijarbas (Moore, 1858)
Hairy Line Blue
(previously known as Dipsas epijarbas)
DEUDORIGINI ,   THECLINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

These Caterpillars are green or brown, with orange ends. The front end has black spots, and the head is brown. They feed on the large seeds within fruit on various trees, for example:

  • Fishtail Palm ( Caryota albertii, ARECACEAE ),
  • Shell Vine ( Connarus conchocarpus, OXALIDACEAE ),
  • Saptrangi ( Salacia chinensis, CELASTRACEAE ),
  • Lolly Vine ( Salacia disepala, CELASTRACEAE ),
  • Marty's Soapberry ( Sarcopteryx martyana, SAPINDACEAE ), and
  • Lichee ( Litchi chinensis, SAPINDACEAE ).


    male and female upper surfaces
    (Photo: courtesy of Yusuke Takanami & Yasuo Seki)

    The males are brown on top with a large orange patch on each wing. The females are brown with a purple sheen. Both sexes have a long thin tail on each hind wing.


    male and female undersides
    (Photo: courtesy of Yusuke Takanami & Yasuo Seki)

    Underneath, both sexes are pale purplish brown, with multiple arcs of white dashes. Each hind wing has a black spot near the tornus, and another surrounded in orange by the tail. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.


    Samoa 1986

    The eggs are laid singly on fruits of foodplants.

    The species occurs as several races throughout south-east Asia, and the south Pacific, including

  • India,
  • Philippines,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,

    and in Australia as subspecies dido Waterhouse, 1934, on the tropical coast of

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby, Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 740-741.

    Frederic Moore,
    Papiliones,
    in Horsfield & Moore:
    A Catalogue of the Lepidopterous Insects in the Museum of the Hon. East-India Company,
    Volume 1 (1858), pp. 32-33, No. 40.


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    (updated 5 October 2011 2 November 2013)