Acrodipsas melania Sands, 1980
Black Ant Blue
LUCIINI ,   THECLINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

The adults of this species are brown, with a slight blue iridescence on the upper surface of each wing. There are two or three obscure black spots near the tornus of each hindwing.

Underneath, the wings are basically fawn, with arcs of outlined brown splodges. Each of the four wings has a black spot under the tornus. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.

They are found in the tropical north of Australia, including the

  • Cape York Peninsula in Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 637-638.

    Donald Peter Andrew Sands,
    A new genus, Acrodipsas, for a group of Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera) previously referred to Pseudodipsas C. & R. Felder, with descriptions of two new species from northern Queensland,
    Journal of the Australian Entomological Society,
    Volume 18, Part 3 (1980), p. 257.


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    (updated 23 February 2002, 7 October 2013)