(previously known as Lycaena panormus)
POLYOMMATINI , POLYOMMATINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
This Caterpillar is yellowish green, with a darker dorsal line edged in white. It has been found feeding on various plants from the family FABACEAE including :
The shoots of the foodplant become very deformed where the caterpillar has been feeding.
The pupa is mottled brown with a length of about 0.8 cm.
The male adults are pale blue on top, with a black spot and a tail at the tornus of each hind wing.
The females are brown with a shiny blue patch on each wing. They also have a black spot and tail at the tornus of each hindwing, and arcs of pale carets along the hindwing margins.
Underneath, they are fawn with irregular dark arcs edged in white. The hindwings each have one large and one small black spot edged in orange by the tornus. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2.5 cms.
The eggs are egg-shaped and pale green. They are laid singly on or inside flower-buds of a foodplant.
The butterflies are similar in colour to those of Catochrysops amasea, but have more angular wings.
The species occurs as various races from across Asia, including
and the race platissa (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869) occurs in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 828-829.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Classe,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), p. 455, No. 27.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 222.
(updated 24 May 2011, 1 November 2013)