Rapala varuna

Rapala varuna

Rapala varuna

(Indigo Flash)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Rapala varuna

Common name

Indigo Flash

Main colour(s)

Blue

Distinctive features

Wingspan 29/28 mm; hind wing with black lobe and tail

Campus

Townsville

Description

The larvae of this species feed on a variety of plants including Alphitonia excelsa, Acacia polystachya and Millettia pinnata. They are not attended by ants. Mature larvae 17 mm long, body pale green or dull purplish blue with narrow black margins, hind wing with both a black lobe and a tail; lower surface basically dull brown with a dark brown band across all wings, there is a black spot on the lobe near the tail.