General Description

Above: brown-black with orange markings and a white-centred black eyespot on each wing. Below: forewing as above, hindwing grey-brown with cream markings and two prominent eyespots. Wingspan up to 4 cm.


Ringed Xenica butterflies fly in late spring until autumn. Their caterpillars feed on a range of common grasses, including Slender Tussock Grass. They hide in the grass during the day and emerge at night to feed.


South-eastern mainland Australia.


Coastal and tableland regions.

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