(erroneously : Ogyris zozine)
ARHOPALINI , THECLINAE , LYCAENIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Bob Miller and Ian Hill)
The eggs of this species are mandarin shaped and dirty white, laid on or near the stems of its food plant. The Caterpillar is greyish pink with a complex pattern of dark markings. It has a pair of yellowish flaps each side by the tail. It feeds on various species of Mistletoe ( LORANTHACEAE ), such as:
The Caterpillars are normally attended by various species of :
The pupa is mottled brown with a length of about 2 cms.
The upper surfaces of the wings of adult males are a dull metallic blue or puprle, with narrow dark brown edges.
The females are black with large areas of metallic blue, or purple, and have a white patch near each forewing tip.
Underneath, the fore wings are black with metallic blue bars.
The female additionally has the white patch underneath. The hind wings underneath have a complex pattern of light and dark grey. The wingspan averages 4.5 cms.
The butterfly occurs in
and in northern Australia as three races : zolivia Waterhouse, 1941, typhon Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914, and zosine in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 708-710.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies,
London, Volume 1 (1853), p. 63, Nos. 3, 4, and also Plate 32, figs. 3, 4.
(updated 3 July 2008, 21 September 2013)