Nacaduba berenice

Nacaduba berenice

Nacaduba berenice

(Large Purple Line-blue, Six Line-blue)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Nacaduba berenice

Common name(s)

Large Purple Line-blue, Six Line-blue

Main colour(s)

Purple

Distinctive features

Wingspan 22/22 mm; slender tail on hind

Campus

Townsville

Description

Larvae usually attended by ants from five different genera. Chief food plants are members of the Sapindaceae, particularly Cupaniopsis anacardioides. Mature larvae colour varies from green to bright reddish-pink, according to the colour of the flowers and shoots on which it is feeding. Adult male is dull lilac with a narrow darker outer margin, female is brown black with a blue central area, hind in both sexes has a slender tail; lower surface pale brown with darker brown spots and bands edged in white; large black spot near the tail.