(one synonym : Hesperia livius Fabricius, 1793)
LUCIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
The Caterpillar is brown with a black head, and a yellow 'V' shaped mark on the back of abdominal segment six.
The caterpillar has been found feeding on various plants including :
The pupae are pale grey with dark brown spots.
The upper surface of the adult butterfly is black with blue basal areas.
The undersurfaces of the wings are multicoloured, with areas of brown, yellow, red, black, white, and iridescent green.
The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in
and in Australia as two subspecies :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 654-655.
General Illustration of Entomology,
An Epitome of the Natural History of the Insects of New Holland, New Zealand, New Guinea, Otaheite and other Islands in the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans,
Volume 1 (1805), p. 138, and also Plate p. 136.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 524, No. 342.
(updated 24 November 2010, 11 November 2013)