(one synonym : Hesperia noctula Staudinger, 1888)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
This Caterpillar is green or brown, with a broad white-edged dorsal line.
The caterpillar is aways attended by the green ants :
It usually hides by day under a leaf, and feeds by night on the leaves, young shoots, buds, and flowers of a wide variety of plants, including :
The Caterpillars pupate on the stems of the food plant, often in groups, head down. The pupae are green or brown with dark flecks and mottling. They have a length of about 1.5 cms.
The adults are brown on top. The males have fore wings with a blue sheen and a large dark patch in the middle.
The females have fore wings with a white patch having a blue edge. The hind wings of both sexes each have two little tails from the trailing edge each beside a large black and white eye spot.
Underneath, the butterflies are fawn, each wing having two rows of darker spots parallel to the wing margins. The hind wings each have two small orange and black eye spots on the trailing edge. The butterflies fly fast and are inclined to settle on the tips of twigs. They have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are white and hemispherical and rough. They are laid singly on the underside a foodplant leaf.
The species occurs over
and in Australia as two subspecies:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 735-736.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia systematica emendata et aucta,
Volume 3, Part 1 (1793), p. 277, No. 68.
(updated 15 November 2012, 11 November 2013)