Candalides erinus

Candalides erinus

Candalides erinus

(Small Dusky blue)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Candalides erinus

Common name

Small Dusky blue

Main colour(s)

Brown

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 22/22 mm

Campus

Townsville

Description

The larvae which are not attended by ants feed on species of Cassytha which is a parasitic vine. Mature larvae various shades of green with a yellow green or white band. Adult male is purplish-bronze with a dark brown outer edge, female dark brown basal area purplish, fore wing often with two spots, hind purplish near base; lower surface paler.