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


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

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.


underside
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

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, 6 August 2020)