Jalmenus daemeli

Jalmenus daemeli

Jalmenus daemeli

(Emerald Hairstreak, Damel’s Blue)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Jalmenus daemeli

Common name(s)

Emerald Hairstreak, Damel’s Blue

Main colour(s)

Brown

Distinctive features

Wingspan 30/34 mm; prominent spot on hind

Campus

Townsville

Description

The larvae are attended by species of Iridomyrmex. They feed on a variety of shrubs and trees particularly species of Acacia including Vachellia (Acacia) bidwillii and some eucalypts. Mature larvae brown or green with a grey line and reddish-brown bands: head pale brown. Adults dark brown with an iridescent bluish central area, hind with two or more large black spots near the black tail; lower surface greyish-brown, darker irregular markings, spots prominent on hind wing.