(previously known as Miletus miskini)
LUCIINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
These Caterpillars are brown, with a broad line along the back that is generally black, except it is white on abdominal segments 1,2,6, and 7. The caterpillars have been found feeding on a wide variety of plants, including :
The caterpillars feed nocturnally, hiding by day in a curled leaf or in debris at the foot of the foodplant. They are always attended by the small black ants :
The caterpillars pupate in a curled leaf or under debris at the foot of the foodplant. The pupa is pale brown speckled with dark brown, and has a length of about 1.5 cms.
The adult male butterflies have wings that on top are purple with black margins.
The females are light blue with broad dark margins.
The undersides are grey with rows of overlapping orange spots outlined with metallic green. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs are white and flattened, with a width of about 1 mm. They are usually laid in small groups of one to five on the underside a leaf of a foodplant.
The species is found in Queensland.
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 657-658.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Notes on Australian Rhopalocera : Lycaenidae, 3,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 28, Part 1 (1903), p. 164, and also Plate 3, figs. 30, 31.
(updated 9 December 2009, 11 November 2013)