(previously known as Lycaena lineata)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Todd Burrows, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is corrugated and green, with white spiracles and brownish smudges. It has a hairy head and tail. It feeds on the flowers of various species of plant, such as :
The pupa is brown with darker markings. Its length is about 1 cm.
The females are brown on top with a large white patch on each forewing, and a blue sheen near the hinges and the hindwings each have a black eye-spot at the tornus. Both sexes have a small tail at the hindwing tornus. The male adults are blue on top.
Underneath, the wings are fawn with arcs of darker markings, and both sexes have a black spot under each hindwing tornus.
The females also have a large white patch under each forewing. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The eggs are laid on flower buds of a foodplant.
The species occurs in New Guinea,
and along most of the east coast of Australia, including
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 789-790.
Life history notes on the Hairy Line-blue Erysichton lineata lineata (Murray, 1874) Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae,
Issue 79 (December 2015), pp. 8-10,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Rev. Richard Paget Murray,
Descriptions of some new species belonging to the genus Lycaena,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Volume 22, Part 4 (1874), pp. 524-525, and also Plate 10, fig. 9.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 224.
(updated 16 September 2010)