Felder's Line Blue
(previously known as Lycaena felderi)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is hump-backed and coloured in various pastel shades: pink or green or yellow. It has a brown head. It feeds on the buds and flowers of various plants, including the Australian natives :
and the introduced :
The pupa is brown with dark markings. Pupation occurs in a shelter formed of leaves joined with silk.
The male adults are brown on top with a blue sheen.
The females have a patch of blue on each wing, and a series of faint pale chevron markings along the margin of each hindwing. The blue patch can be much reduced in summer specimens.
Underneath, they are fawn with rows of darker spots edged in white. Near the tornus of each hindwing. both sexes have short tail, and a dark spot on both the upper and lower surfaces. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The eggs are laid on flower buds of a foodplant.
The species occurs on the east coast of Australia from Bunaberg to Wollongong in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 797-798.
Life history notes on the Short-tailed Line-Blue, Prosotas felderi (Murray, 1874) Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae,
Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club Inc.,
Issue 73 (June 2014), pp. 14-17.
Rev. Richard Paget Murray,
Descriptions of some new species belonging to the genus Lycaena,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Volume 22, Part 4 (1874), pp. 527-529, and Plate 10, figs. 4-6.
(updated 25 December 2009, 23 November 2013, 8 August 2020)