Pantoporia consimilis (Boisduval, 1832)
Orange Aeroplane
(previously known as Limenitis consimilis)
LIMENITIDINAE ,   NYMPHALIDAE ,   PAPILIONOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pantoporia consimilis
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis)

The Caterpillar of this species is olive green with white dots, It has a white line across the thorax, and a dark line along each side of the abdomen. There are paired projections on the head, thorax, and segments two and eight. The head is brown. The caterpillar feeds on various Australian native peas (FABACEAE) including :

  • Blood Vine ( Austrosteenisia blackii ),
  • Bloodwood ( Dalbergia candenatensis ), and
  • Tuba Plant ( Derris elliptica ),

    as well as species in CAESALPINACEAE including :

  • Gaudichaud's Cassia ( Senna gaudichaudii ), and
  • Avaram ( Senna auriculata ).

    Pantoporia consimilis
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The pupa is brown with dark markings and some silver spots. It is suspended head down by a cremaster from the tip of a ragged half eaten leaf. Its length is about 1.3 cms.

    Pantoporia consimilis
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The adult is dark brown with orange patches. There is a broad one on each hind wing, and two on each fore wing, one of which joins up with the corresponding hind wing patch when the butterfly is at rest.

    Pantoporia consimilis
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The undersides are similar but duller, and there is a pair of dark lines along the margin of each wing. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

    The species occurs throughout

  • New Guinea and adjacent islands,

    and in the Australia in the coastal regions of northern

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 553-554.

    Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
    Faune Entomologique de L'Ocean Pacifique,
    in M. J. Dumont d'Urville: Voyage de Decouvertes de la Corvette l'Astrolabe,
    Division 7, Part 1 : Lepidopteres (1832), pp. 133-134, No. 5.


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    (updated 3 January 2010, 11 December 2013)