Freyeria putli

Freyeria putli

Freyeria putli

(Jewelled Grass-blue)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Freyeria putli

Common name

Jewelled Grass-blue

Main colour(s)

Brown

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 14/15 mm

Campus

Townsville

Description

Often found in grassy areas in tropical woodlands, the host plants are legumes, particularly Indigofera colutea and Indigofera hirsuta. The larvae are attended by ants from the following genera: Iridomyrmex, Ochetellus and Polyrhachis. Mature larvae are various shades of green, marked with a reddish line edged in white, numerous hairs present: head black. Adults a dull bronze-brown, hind wing with dark brown spots near outer margin; lower surface pale green with brown spots edged with white, on the hind wing 4-5 black spots edged with orange and green.