SATYRINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wesley Jenkinson)
These Caterpillars are initially green with a black head. Later instars are brown with indistinct longitudinal lines. They have a brown head that has a pair of small horns, and there is another pair of horns on the last abdominal segment. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms. They feed on various species of
The pupa is brown and spiky, and suspended by a cremaster.
The wings of the adult butterflies are basically brown, with a complex tracery of darker lines Each wing has two eyespots : one large and one small. Underneath, the wings are similar, but the two eyespots on each wing are nearly equal in size. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The eggs are pale yellow and spherical, and covered in a microscopic embossed pattern of about 30 rings of about 60 shallow hexagons. The eggs arelaid singly on the underside of a leaf of a foodplant, and have a diameter of about 1 mm.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 485-486.
Life history notes on the Rock Ringlet, Hypocysta euphemia Westwood, 1851 Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Issue 69 (June 2013), pp. 14-16.
John O. Westwood,
Genera of diurnal Lepidoptera,
Volume 2 (1851), p. 398, No. 28, and also Plate 67, fig. 3.
(updated 13 June 2009, 13 March 2015, 2 June 2020, 24 September 2021)