(previously known as Thecla varuna)
DEUDORIGINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
These Caterpillars are yellow or green, with a dark dorsal line, and pink or white lines on each side. It has four knobs on each segment with an orange tip bearing stiff hairs.
The Caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms. They feed on the flowers and shoots of various species of plants, including :
The pupa is brown with darker markings, and is covered in short hairs. Its length is just over 1 cm. It is formed in debris at the foot of a foodplant.
The adult male butterflies are dark purple on top.
The females are mauve, darkening towards the margin.
Underneath, both sexes are pale brown, and the wings each have a diagonal darker brown line, often outlined in white. Both sexes of the adult butterfliy have two tails near the tornus of each hind wing: one tail is thin and the other is knobbly. The undersides have a black spot beside each tail. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are pale blue-green and round, with a diameter of about 0.5 cm. They are laid singly on flower buds or young shoots of a foodplant.
The species occurs as several races across south-east Asia, including
and as simsoni (Miskin, 1874) in Australia along the coast of
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 738-738.
(updated 7 May 2012, 23 November 2013)