(one synonym : Nacaduba obscura Grose-Smith, 1894)
LUCIINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
These Caterpillars are pinkish brown with dark stripes along the corrugated body. The front and tail ends are rather flattened. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.
They feed on Ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ) such as
The Caterpillars are always attended by :
The pupa is mottled brown with a length of about 1.5 cms. It is formed in the ground debris at the foot of a foodplant.
The adult male butterflies on top are metallic blue with a black border to each wing, and a white patch on each forewing.
The females are black with the same white patches.
Underneath, they both have pale brown forewings with metallic green and black edges, and hindwings that are metallic green with black bars across them.
The male adults have a wingspan of about 3 cms., and the females about 4 cms.
The eggs are round and flattened, and off-white in colour.They are laid singly on or near rhizomes of a foodplant.
This species is found in
and in Australia, where two subspecies have been recognised :
Both are found only in
Further reading :
The Life History of Hypochrysops theon medocus (Fruhstorfer) (LEPIDOPTERA: LYCAENIDAE),
Journal of the Australian Entomological Society,
Volume 15 (1976), pp. 197-199.
Baron Cajetan Felder & Rudolf Felder,
Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2, Part 2 (1865), p. 252, No. 297.
(updated 11 November 2013)