(previously known as Myrina epirus)
DEUDORIGINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson)
These caterpillars are initially pale brown.
Later they become white with a black stripe on each side, and black spots along the back. The head is brown, and the prothorax yellow.
The caterpillars feed inside the seeds of plants like :
Pupation occurs inside the case of the seed inside which it was feeding.
The adult male butterflies of this species have black forewing upper surfaces with a large blue patch on the hind margin, and blue hindwings.
The females above are similar to the males but with a white patch on each forewing.
Underneath, both sexes are cream, with a brown margin, and a brown bar across the middle of each wing. The hindwings each have one narrow tail and one broad one. The broad tails have an orange spot on their upper surfaces and a black spot underneath. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
Various subspecies are found in Indonesia, including
The subspecies agimar Fruhstorfer, 1908, is found in Australia mainly in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 743.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), p. 452, No. 13.
(updated 29 September 2010, 13 July 2020)