Nesolycaena medicea Braby, 1996
Dark Opal
CANDALIDINI ,   POLYOMMATINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE
PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar feeds on :

  • Sweet Boronia ( Boronia eriantha, RUTACEAE ).

    The upper surfaces of the adult butterflies are basically pale blue. The males have a narrow black border around the tips of the forewings. The females have a broad black border around both fore and hind wings. Underneath, both sexes are fawn coloured. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species occurs in the mountains of

  • central Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    A New Species of Nesolycaena Waterhouse and Turner (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from Northeastern Australia,
    Australian Journal of Entomology,
    Volume 35 (1996), p. 10, figs. 1-4, 9, 13, 17.

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 776-777.


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    (written 7 May 2001, updated 13 October 2013)