(one synonym is Polyommatus uranites Meyrick, 1888)
THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Picture: courtesy of The Insect Company)
These Caterpillars are attended by and live in the nests of ant species including:
The caterpillars feed on :
The pupae are brown and mottled, with two black projections. The pupae have a length of about 1 cm. They are formed in the ant nest.
The adult male and female butterflies are different. On top, the males are dark brown with large areas on each wing of iridescent greenish blue. The females are dark bown with smaller areas of iridescent purple. Both have chequered black and white margins and an orange border to each hindwing.
Underneath: they are dark yellow with iridescent pale green spots outlined in black. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are white, round and flattened, with a diameter of about 1 mm. They are laid in clusters on a foodplant.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 677-678.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Descriptions of New Species of Lycaenidae from his own Collection,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1874, Part 3, pp. 350-351.
(updated 2 January 2004, 11 November 2013)