(previously known as Holochila nitens)
LUCIINI, THECLINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
These Caterpillars are green with a cream dorsal line, cream mottling generally, and dense hairy sides.
The caterpillars have been found feeding on :
The caterpillar rests under a leaf near the base by a vein, where it is well camouflaged.
The pupa is green with a cream dorsal line and brown patches. Its length is about 1 cm. It is usually attached to the underside of a leaf of its foodplant.
The adult butterflies are brown on top, with a large coloured patch on each wing. For males, this patch is mainly an iridescent blue.
For females, this patch is largely white.
Underneath, both sexes are white with black dots around the tornus of each hindwing.
The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The eggs are spherical and blue, covered with a network of minute spiky ribs The eggs have a diameter of about 0.5 mm. They are laid singly on a leaf or stem of a foodplant.
The species occurs in
Philiris nitens was previously thought to have two subspecies occurring in Australia. Those two subspecies are now recognised to be two separate species: Philiris nitens and Philiris lucina.
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 684-685.
Graham R. Forbes,
Comparison of the immature stages of Philiris sappheira manskiei Ring and Olive, and P. nitens nitens (Grose-Smith) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae),
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Issue 58 (September 2010), pp. 9-14.
Descriptions of new species of Oriental butterflies,
Volume 5, Part 1 (1898), p. 107, No. 11.
Donald Peter Andrew Sands,
Review of Australian Philiris Röber (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), with notes on variation and descriptions of two new subspecies from Cape York peninsula,
Volume 42, Part 4 (2015), pp. 219-252.
(updated 24 June 2008, 7 August 2020, 7 September 2021)