Liphyra brassolis

Liphyra brassolis

Liphyra brassolis

(Moth Butterfly)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Liphyra brassolis

Common name

Moth Butterfly

Main colour(s)

Orange

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 71/76 mm

Campus

Townsville

Description

The larvae of this species feed on larvae of the green tree ant, Oecophylla smaragdina. Mature larvae are flattened, oval in shape, shiny orange to reddish-brown; head cream. Tough leathery skin prevents them being attacked. Adult fore wing basal orange with outer portion dark brown enclosing orange spots; hind wing has an orange basal area and dark bands near outer margin, also some dark spots; lower surface basically grey-brown, fore wing with basal orange area with a dark brown median band.