Dark Grass Blue
(one synonym : Lampides neis Walker, 1870)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are green and hairy. They feed on the flowers, shoots, and fruits of various plants, including :
The caterpillars are usually attended by some ants of various species, including
The adult butterflies are fawn on top, the male having a purple iridescence, and a straighter margin. The females have a blue iridescence near the bases.
Underneath, both sexes are pale grey, with multiple arcs of brown dashes. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The eggs are off-white, round, and flattened. They are covered in a microscopic triangular lattice of ribs. The eggs have a diameter of about 0.5 mm. They are usually laid singly on the undersides of leaves of a foodplant.
The species occurs from the Mediterranean to south-east Asia, including :
and also much of Australia, including
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 835-836.
On the Lepidopterous Insects of Bengal (continued),
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London,
1865, Part2, p. 505, No. 106, and also Plate 31, fig. 7.
(updated 16 September 2010, 24 November 2013, 11 August 2020, 10 September 2021)