Neolucia mathewi (Miskin, 1890)
Mathew's Blue
(one synonym : Lycia sylvicola Doubleday, 1847)
POLYOMMATINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Neolucia mathewi
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis)

This Caterpillar is dark greenish brown, usually with a pale-edged dark dorsal line, and a pale brown head. It has been found feeding on the young shoots and flower buds of :

  • Red Pidgeon Berry ( Monotoca elliptica, ERICACEAE ),
  • Mountain Broom-heath ( Monotoca oreophila, EPACRIDACEAE ), and
  • Large Pea Bush ( Pultenaea daphnoides, FABACEAE ).

    Neolucia mathewi
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Museum Victoria)

    The adults are brown on top with narrow chequered margins. Underneath, the wings are pale brown, with arcs of darker brown spots. The butterflies have a wing span up to 2 cms.

    The eggs are white and laid singly in the leaf axils of a foodplant.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 821-822.

    William Henry Miskin,
    Descriptions of hitherto undescribed Australian Lepidoptera (Rhopalocera), principally Lycaenidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 5, Part 1 (1890), p. 38.


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    (update 30 July 2009, 18 November 2013)