General Description

Above: purplish brown (males) or brown-black with purplish central and basal areas of the wings (females). Below: brown-grey with two brown-black spots to the edge of the forewing. Wingspan up to 3 cm.


The male butterflies fly to hilltops and ridges where they establish a territory to increase their chances of mating with females. Caterpillars feed at night on one type of plant, the Dodder-laurel. The caterpillars occasionally have an attendant ant, but can also thrive without it. Several generations are completed each year.


Western and eastern mainland Australia.


Most habitats where Dodder-laurel vines grow, including open eucalypt forest, coastal heathland and mallee.

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