Candalides geminus Edwards & Kerr, 1978
Twin Dusky-blue
CANDALIDINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

This Caterpillar is green with a dark line along the back, and yellow lines along the sides edged in purple. There are red tubercles along the back. It feeds openly by day on :

  • Downy Dodder ( Cassytha pubescens, LAURACEAE ) ).

    It grows to a length of about 1.5 cms.

    The pupa is pale brown with dark markings, and has a lenght of about 1.3 cms. It is held by anal hooks and girdle on the food or a nearby plant.

    The adult butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The males on top are a bronzed purple. The females are dark brown with a purple sheen over the centres of the forewings.


    Underneath, they are both pale grey with arcs of dark marks, and there are two prominent black spots under the tornus of each hindwing.

    The eggs are white, round, and flattened with a rough surface. Their diameter is about 0.7 mm. They are laid singly on flower buds of a foodplant.

    This species is found in the

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 766-767.

    E.D.Edwards,
    Early stages of Adaluma urumelia and Candalides geminus Lepidoptera Lycaenidae,
    Australian Entomological Magazine, 1980, pp. 17-20.


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    (updated 17 March 2004, 31 October 2013)