(one synonym : Narathura madytus Evans, 1957)
ARHOPALINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis)
These Caterpillars are green with a brown pattern on their back. They can make clicking sounds by rubbing sugments 5 and 6 together. They live by day in a silk shelter between joined leaves of a food plant. Nocturnally they feed on:
They are attended by the green ants :
The pupa is green with a length of about 2 cms. It is formed in the joined leaf shelter.
The male adult butterflies are a brilliant metallic bluish-purple, with a narrow black border around each wing.
The females are similar but have a much wider black border. The hind wings of both sexes each have a little tail. The butterflies have a wing span of about 4 cms.
Underneath, the butterflies are brown, with arcs of dark spots outlined in pale brown. There is a blue stripe along the rear margin by the tail of each hind wing.
The species is found on
and also in Australia on the
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 689.
Neue Arhopala Rassen,
Correspondenz-blatt des Entomologischen Vereins "Iris" zu Dresden,
Volume 27, Part 4 (1914), p. 159.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 222.
(updated 12 May 2008, 30 October 2013)