Nacaduba cyanea

Nacaduba cyanea

Nacaduba cyanea

(Green-banded Line-blue)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Nacaduba cyanea

Common name(s)

Green-banded Line-blue, Tailed Green-banded Blue

Main colour

Male blue, female black

Distinctive features

Wingspan 29/28 mm, thin tail on hind wing

Campus

Cairns

Description

Larvae feed on Entada phaseoloides (Matchbox bean), a vigorously growing vine chiefly found along watercourses in higher rainfall areas. Mature larvae have a bright green body and a pale brown head. Adult male is purplish-blue with a narrow black band on the edge and a white patch in forewing; female is black with broad white central band in fore wing and some iridescent blue patches. Lower surface basically white with black band, iridescent green band enclosing some black spots towards margin of hind wing. Small thin tail on hind wing.