Philiris ziska (Grose-Smith, 1898)
Ziska Moonbeam
(previously known as Holochila ziska)
LUCIINI ,   THECLINAE ,   LYCAENIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photos: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)

The Caterpillars of this species in New Guinea feed on :

  • Burny Vine ( Trophis scandens, MORACEAE ).


    female
    (Photos: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)

    The male adult butterflies on top are blue with black edges. The females are black with a large white patch on each wing. Underneath, they both are white with a thin black edge along the tornus of each hindwing, and a black dot near the base of each hindwing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    The species occurs in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • north Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 682-683.

    Henley Grose Grose-Smith & William Forsell Kirby,
    Lycaenidae (Oriental) Holochila,
    Rhopalocera Exotica,
    Series 3, Volume 2 (1897), p. 11, No. 18, and also Plate 2, figs. 11-13.


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    (updated 29 May 2008, 23 November 2013)