Black and White Ringlet
SATYRINAE , NYMPHALIDAE , PAPILIONOIDEA
(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)
The Caterpillar of this species is dark green with a forked tail, and a brown head with two orange horns. It grows to a length of about 1.5 cms. It has been found feeding on
Wire Grass ( Tetrarrhena species, POACEAE ).
Pupation occurs on the foodplant. The pupa hangs head down, suspended by a cremaster. The pupa is brown with dark markings, and has ridges along the back and on the head. Its length is about 1 cm.
The adult butterflies have black forewings each with a fuzzy white patch. The hindwings are white with a black border, and a pair of eyespots by the tornus. Underneath, they are similar, except the hindwings each have three eyespots. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
This species inhabits the rain forests of
and northern Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 480-481.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse & George Lyell,
The Butterflies of Australia,
Angus & Robertson, 1914, Sydney, p. 34, No. 29a, and also Plate 12, Figs. 148, 149.
The life history of Hypocysta angustata angustata Waterhouse and Lyell and Hypocysta irius (Fabricius)(Lepidoptera:Nymphalidae:Satyrinae),
Australian Entomological Magazine,
Volume 14 (1988), p. 6.
(updated 20 March 2004, 8 December 2013)