(one synonym : Ialmenus menecles Doubleday, 1847)
ZESIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
The Caterpillar is flat and brown with light and dark dorsal stripes. It has tubercles on the thorax and last abdominal segent each with a bunch of short white hairs. It rest by day on the stems of foodplants just below ground level, and climbs up to feed nocturnally . Its foodplants include :
and is always to be attended by numbers of small black ants :
The pupa is attached to the foodplant stem, again just below ground level.
The adult is metallic blue in colour with wide black wing margins. The veins on the hind wings are extended.
The undersurfaces of the wings are brown, marked with arcs of darker brown spots, and a subterminal arc of pale chevrons. There are orange-edged black spots under the rear margin of each hind wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in Western Australia as two subspecies :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 730-731.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Illustrations of Diurnal Lepidoptera,
London, Volume 2 (1865), p. 54, No. 3, and also Plate 24, figs. 1,2.
Description of the egg of Jalmenus inous inous (Hewitson) (lepidoptera: lycaenidae),
Issue 52 (March 2009), p. 18,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
(updated 24 June 2002, 15 November 2013)