Australian Hedge Blue
(previously known as Lycaenopsis tenella)
POLYOMMATINI, POLYOMMATINAE, LYCAENIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)
The male and female adults are different. On top, the males are blue with a white patch on each wing, and a black margin to each forewing, and a spotted margin to each hindwing. The females have a larger large white patch on each wing, and only a metallic blue suffusion at the base of each wing.
Underneath, the sexes are similar. They are white with a series of dark spots and arcs. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The species occurs in Australia in a small area of
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, p. 849.
William Henry Miskin,
Synonymical catalogue of the Lepidoptera Rhopalocera (Butterflies) of Australia
Annals of the Queensland Museum,
Volume 1 (1891), pp. 63-64, No. 16.
(updated 17 March 2004, 24 November 2013)