(previously known as Virachola smilis)
DEUDORIGINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
These Caterpillars are brown and covered in hairs. When mature, the caterpillars have a dark brown head with a caramel coloured section directly behind the head, dark brown/near black in a broad section behind the caramel area and anteriorly, and a broad cream band in the mid segments. They feed on the fruit and seeds of :
The pupa is brown with dark markings, and is formed inside a hollowed out fruit. Its length is just over 1 cm.
The adult butterflies are blue on top with a wide black border to each wing. The females have a more rounded wing shape than the males. Underneath, both sexes are fawn, with brown and white patches and spots. Each hind wing has two tails: one wide and one thin. The hindwings each have two black spots: one on the wide tail, and the other near the thin tail. The male butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms. The female butterflies have a wing span of about 3.5 cms.
The eggs are white and laid singly on the fruit of the foodplant.
The species occurs as several races throughout south-east Asia, including:
and also as subspecies dalyensis (Le Souef & Tindale, 1970) in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 745-746.
J.C. LeSouef & N.B. Tindale,
A new subspecies of Virachola smilis (Hewitson) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from northern Australia,
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 9, Issue 3 (December 1970), pp. 219–222.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Illustrations of diurnal Lepidoptera, Lycænidæ,
Volume 1 (1863), p. 18, No. 3 and also Volume 2 (1863), Plate 8, figs. 22, 23.
(updated 5 September 2009, 2 November 2013)