Blue Argus , Blue Pansy
(previously known as Precis orithya)
NYMPHALINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Frank Jordan, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are black with yellow dots, an orange metathorax, and an orange nose. They are are covered in branched hairs. They have been found feeding on various plants from three families including :
When not feeding, the caterpillar rests hidden at the base of the foodplant.
The pupa is spiky, and is dark brown with pale markings. It hangs by a silk cremaster on or near the foodplant.
The adult butterflies have black forewings with white marks, and blue hind wings.
Underneath, they have a brown pattern. Each wing has two eyespots on both the upper and lower surfaces. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
Various races of this species are found from Africa to the Philippines, including :
as well as albicincta Butler, 1875, in Australia in
Hong Kong, 1979
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 573-574.
Blue Argus (Junonia orithya albicincta)(Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae),
Issue 81 (June 2016), pp. 1, 4-6,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Volume 1, Edition 10 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 473, No. 94.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 227.
(updated 23 March 2011, 23 June 2016, 23 June 2020)