(previously known as Limenitis consimilis)
LIMENITIDINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Cairns, Queensland)
The Caterpillar of this species is olive green. It has a white line across the thorax, and a dark-edged white line along each side of the abdomen. There are paired projections on the head, thorax, and segments two and eight. The head is brownish. The caterpillar feeds on various Australian native peas (FABACEAE) including :
as well as species in CAESALPINIACEAE including :
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.
The adult is dark brown with orange patches. There is a broad one on each hindwing, and two on each forewing, one of which joins up with the corresponding hindwing patch when the butterfly is at rest.
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
and in the Australia in the coastal regions of northern
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.
(updated 3 January 2010, 11 December 2013, 6 August 2020)