Candalides noelkeri Braby & Douglas, 2004
Golden Rayed Blue
(erroneously: Candalides neolkeri)
CANDALIDINI,   POLYOMMATINAE,   LYCAENIDAE,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The caterpillar of this species feeds on :

  • Creeping Boobialla ( Myoporum parvifolium, MYOPORACEAE ).

    Candalides noelkeri
    (Photo: courtesy of Damien Cook, western Victoria)

    On top, the adult butterflies are purple with orange veins.

    Candalides noelkeri
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Michael Braby)

    Underneath, they are pale grey with an arc of black spots around the margins, and a dark mark near the middle.

    Candalides noelkeri
    egg, magnified
    (Photo: courtesy of Ken Walker, Horsham, Victoria)

    The eggs are round, flattened, and white, with a complex microscopic surface structure. The eggs are laid singly on the undersides of leaves of a foodplant.

    This species is found only in restricted areas in

  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    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.


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    (updated 8 December 2009, 1 November 2013, 6 August 2020)