(previously known as Mycalesis medus)
SATYRINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The eggs of this species are pale green and have a diameter of about 1 mm. They are laid on the underside of a leaf of a food plant. The Caterpillars of feed on various members of the Grass family ( POACEAE ), including :
The caterpilars are variously: white, pink, yellow or green. They have two pairs of horns on the head, one pair pointing forward, and one back. They grow to a length of about 4 cms.
They pupate hanging from a cremaster from a leaf of the food plant. The pupa is brown with a dark line along each side, and has a pointed head. The pupa has a length of about 2 cms.
The wings of the adult butterflies are dark brown, with a faint pale stripe across each wing. The undersides are similar, except that each wing has at least two eyespots. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found as various subspecies across south-east Asia, including
and the subspecies moira Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914, is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 470-471.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 488, No. 198.
(updated 5 July 2009, 11 December 2013)