Quaker, Devil's Blue
(previously known as Cupido lucifer)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species are dark green with a pale brown head. They feed on the shrub :
On top, the adult butterflies of this species are dark brown, with a large white spot in the middle of each forewing. Underneath, they are white with a narrow black border, and with a prominent black spot at the apex of each hindwing. The male and female butterflies are very similar. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
Various subspecies are found in
The subspecies heria (Fruhstorfer, 1919) is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 846.
Neue Tagschmetterlinge der Indo-Australischen Fauna,
Correspondenz-blatt des Entomologischen Vereins "Iris" zu Dresden,
Volume 1, Part 3 (1886), p. 61, and Plate 4, fig. 5.
(updated 28 June 2009, 18 November 2013, 5 August 2020)