HELICONIINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Garry Sankowsky, Tolga, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are black with yellow bands. The caterpillars are covered in black spiky hairs. The head is black with two prominent black hairs. The caterpillars feed on various Passionfruit vines ( PASSIFLORACEAE) such as :
The caterpillars are gregarious, and often ringbark the stem of the shoot on which they are feeding, as well as eating the foliage.
The pupa is spiky and is pale brown with black markings and gold spots. It hangs head downward from a cremaster, and resembles a dead leaf.
The butterflies have wings that are scarlet with broad black margins. The forewing tips each have a diagonal white patch. The wingspan is about 8 cms.
Underneath, the wings of the butterflies are orange, with a white patch under each forewing tip, and arcs of black outlined white spots under each wing.
The eggs are pale yellow and laid in groups of about 50 on the stems of young shoots of a foodplant.
Australia Post, 2004
Australia Post, 1998
This species occurs as various races aroun south-east Asia, including:
and the subspecies chrysippe occurs along the tropical north-east coast of Australia in
The species is featured at the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.
10 vatu coin, 2006
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 539-540.
Volume 6 (1763), p. 409, No. 76.
The Red Lacewing butterfly (Cethosia cydippe),
Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 4-10,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
(updated 4 December 2009, 5 November 2022)