Vindula arsinoe (Cramer, 1777)
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Vindula arsinoe
(Specimen courtesy: Butterfly House, Coffs Harbour)

The eggs of this species are laid in a sparsely on the stem or tendril of a foodplant. They are barrel-shaped and ribbed, varying from off-white to brown. They have a height of about 1.5 mm.

Vindula arsinoe
(Specimen courtesy: Butterfly House, Coffs Harbour)

The Caterpillar is cylindrical, and black with white patches on the sides of each segment. It has pairs of black and white tentacles on each segment. It feeds on various Australian native Passion vines ( PASSIFLORACEAE ) including :

  • Golden Passionflower ( Hollrungia aurantioides ),
  • Blunt-leafed Passionflower ( Passiflora aurantia ), and
  • Lacewing Vine ( Adenia heterophylla ).

    The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms.

    Vindula arsinoe
    (Specimen courtesy: Butterfly House, Coffs Harbour)

    The pupa is green or brown, with silvery spots, and has 3 pairs of wing like extensions. It hangs by a silk cremaster from a stem of the foodplant, and has a length of about 3 cms.

    Vindula arsinoe
    Male
    (Photo: courtesy of Klaus Rusch)

    The adult male is orange with a black pattern of lines and dots. There is a small eyespot on the rear of each hind wing. The underside is similar with white patches on the forewing.

    Vindula arsinoe
    Female
    (Specimen courtesy: Butterfly House, Coffs Harbour)

    The female is similar but a paler orange, and has a large black area along the margin of each fore wing containing a pattern of white spots and crescents. The butterflies have a wingspan up to 8 cms.

    Vindula arsinoe
    ( Australia Post, 2004)

    The species is found across south-east Asia to the south-west Pacific, including

  • Malaysia,
  • Indonesia,
  • Solomons,

    and the subspecies ada (Butler, 1874) occurs in Australia in

  • north Queensland.

    The species is featured at the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. Butterflies of this species may be purchased for release at weddings etc.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 541-542.

    Pieter Cramer,
    Description de Papillons Exotiques,
    Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 2 (1777), p. 100, figs B, C, and Plate 160, figs B, C.


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    (updated 23 May 2013, 13 December 2013, 16 March 2015)