(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 species occurs as two subspecies :
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),
Issue 58 (September 2010), pp. 9-14,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Descriptions of new species of Oriental butterflies,
Volume 5, Part 1 (1898), p. 107, No. 11.
(updated 24 June 2008)