(previously known as Holochila helenita)
CANDALIDINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)
This Caterpillar ca be any colour from green to brown. It has ridge along the back with a dark brown knob, and has a pale brown head. It 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 blue above, with a narrow black margin around each wing. The males also have a white 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 as several subspecies, including :
and in Australia :
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)