Golden Rayed Blue
(erroneously: Candalides neolkeri)
CANDALIDINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Damien Cook, western Victoria)
The caterpillar of this species feeds on :
On top, the adult butterflies on top are purple with orange veins.
Underneath, they are pale grey with an arc of black spots around the margins.
The eggs are white, and are laid singly on the undersides of leaves of a foodplant.
This species is found only in restricted areas near Wimmera in western Victoria.
Further reading :
Michael Braby & Fabian Douglas,
The taxonomy, ecology and conservation status of the Golden-rayed Blue:
A threatened butterfly endemic to western Victoria, Australia,
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society,
Volume 81, Part 2 (2004), pp. 275-299.
(updated 8 December 2009, 1 November 2013)