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Tirumala hamata

Imahes of Tirumala hamata

(Blue Tiger, Blue Wanderer)

FAMILY

Nymphalidae

Species

Tirumala hamata

Common name(s)

Blue Tiger, Blue Wanderer

Main colour(s)

Black

Distinctive features

Wingspan 72/72 mm; hyaline blue streaks

Campus

Cairns, Townsville

Description

This common Townsville butterfly feeds on vines in the Asclepiadaceae (Apocynaceae s.lat.). Mature larvae greenish-blue to white with a broad orange band plus some black bands enclosing white bands; head black with two curved bands. Adults black with numerous hyaline blue streaks and elongated spots; lower surface similar to upper but paler.