(previously known as Candalides helenita)
CANDALIDINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)
This Caterpillar can be any colour from green to brown. It has serrated ridge along the back edged with red, ending with a scooped-out last segment. Typically: it tucks its head under its body.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on young foliage of various plants, including :
The pupa is brown and has flanges on the abdomen. It is usually formed in a curled leaf at the foot of a foodplant.
The male and female adults are different. The males are greenish-blue above, with a narrow black margin around each wing. The males also have a trident-shaped sex brand on each forewing. The females are dark brown above, with a big white patch on each wing.
Underneath, the sexes are similar : white with a few dark dots around the hindwing margins. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are rough, round, flattened, and white. They are laid singly on young shoots of a foodplant.
The species occurs in Australia in :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby, Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 755-756.
Beitrag zur Rhopalocerenfauna von Australien,
Journal des Museum Godeffroy,
Volume 5, Heft 14 (1879) p. 162, No. 76.
(updated 21 March 2004, 1 November 2013, 8 July 2020, 2 March 2021)