Zizina labradus

Zizina labradus

Zizina labradus

(Common Grass-blue, Clover Blue)

FAMILY

Lycaenidae

Species

Zizina labradus

Common name(s)

Common Grass-blue, Clover bBue

Main colour(s)

Blue

Distinctive feature

Wingspan 20/23 mm

Campus

Townsville

Description

The larvae of this species are usually attended by ants from the following three genera, Paratrechina, Rhytidoponera and Tapinoma. The host food plants are a wide variety of native and introduced legumes, particularly on campus is the Phasey bean, Macroptilium lathyroides. Mature larvae various shades of green with dark green and whitish line, hairs present: head brown. Adults bluish-lilac with dull brown outer margins; lower surface pale grey may be somewhat brownish, greyish-white band on both wings as well as some faint markings.