(erroneously: Satyrus kluggi)
SATYRINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of M. and P. Coupar, Museum Victoria)
The Caterpillars of this species are yellowish-green, with darker green lines along the body. The anal segment has a pair of green projections tipped with brown. They feed openly in daylight on common grasses ( POACEAE ), including :
They grow to a length of about 4 cms.
The pupa is green with yellow ridges. It is suspended from a cremaster on or near a foodplant. Its length is about 1.5 cms.
The adult butterflies have a wing span of about 4 cms. The upper surfaces of the wings are orange with dark brown markings, and an eyespot on each wing. The males have an extra dark line running from near the middle of each forewing to the middle of the hind margin. This sex-brand appears silver in some angles of the lighting.
The undersides are very similar, but the eyespots under the hindwings are vestigial.
The eggs are cream coloured and spherical with a diameter of about 0.8 mm. They are laid singly or in pairs on a leaf of a foodplant.
The species is found along the southern coastal region of Australia, including
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 504-506.
Félix Édouard Guérin-Méneville,
Voyage autour du monde sur la covette La Coquille,
Volume 2, Part 2 (1838), p. 280, and Plate 17, fig. 1.
(updated 24 February 2011, 18 April 2017)