Hypolimnas bolina

Hypolimnas bolina

Hypolimnas bolina

(Varied Eggfly, Common Eggfly, Blue Moon)

FAMILY

Nymphalidae

Species

Hypolimnas bolina

Common name(s)

Varied Eggfly, Common Eggfly, Blue Moon

Main colour(s)

Black

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 76/86 mm

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

The larvae of this species feed on a variety of weedy herbs particularly ones in the Acanthaceae and Amaranthaceae as well some others are recorded such as Synedrella nodiflora, Sida acuta and Sida rhombifolia. Mature larvae 52-55 mm long, body dark brown or black with yellow lines, several reddish brown spines present; head orange brown with 2 long black spines. Adults black with a large white central spot bordered by iridescent purplish-blue on each wing; lower surface basically brown with spots and bands which may be white or orange-brown.