Mycalesis sirius

Mycalesis sirius

Mycalesis sirius

(Cedar Bush-brown)

FAMILY

Nymphalidae

Species

Mycalesis sirius

Common name

Cedar Bush-brown

Main colour

Reddish-brown

Distinctive features

Wingspan 38/42 mm; flies close to the ground

Campus

Cairns

Description

Chiefly found associated with woodland and paperbark swamps feeding on various grasses such as Themeda and Megathrysus. Mature larvae 39 mm long, body fawn to dark orange-brown with brownish lines along the side, tail segment with a projection; head reddish-brown with 2 large dorsal horns. Adults on upper surface reddish-brown but grey towards the edges, enclosed are 2 conspicuous eyespots and often several smaller ones; hind has 4-5 eyespots subterminally. Lower surface reddish-brown with darker brown near margins, fore wing with 4-6 eyespots, hind wing with 6-7 eyespots.