Nora's Line Blue
(previously known as Lycaena nora)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller)
These Caterpillars initially are green with a vague pattern.
Later instars develop a purple and white pattern on the back.
Even later instars become mauve.
The caterpillars feed on the flower buds of various plants in:
(Photos: courtesy of Bob Miller)
The pupa is naked and dumpy, with a brown pattern.
The adult butterflies have a small tail at the tornus of each hindwing. The adult male is brown with a purple sheen on top. The females are brown with an arc of black spots along the margin of each hindwing ending in a big spot by the tail.
The under-surfaces of the wings of both sexes are fawn, with multiple arcs of white dashes, and with a black spot beside the tail of each hindwing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The eggs are laid singly on leaves of a foodplant. The eggs are off-white, and doughnut-shaped with a fine surface pattern of spiral ridges.
The species occurs as various subspecies across south-east Asia, including
and as the subspecies auletes (Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914) on the tropical north-east coast of Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 796-797.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), p. 458, No. 37.
On new and little known Rhopalocera from the Indian Region,
Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal,
Volume 52, Part 2 (1884) p. 73,, and also Plate 1, Fig. 14.
(updated 1 June 2008, 23 November 2013, 13 July 2016, 8 August 2020)