- The butterflies in this subfamily have the antenna club in cylindrical
shape. Their hind wings may bear 1 or 2 slender tails.
- The caterpillars secrete a substance which attracts ants, usually by a
single or at most a few species of ants. They feed openly during the day.
Jalmenus evagoras, tribe Zesiini, caterpillar length 35mm, adult wingspan
- The Imperial Blue butterflies are brownish blue on the top side
and pale yellow with black lines on the underside. There are long curled
tails on each hind wing. Females lay eggs on different kinds of wattles. The
caterpillars are easily found during summer on the day time feeding on the
leaves. The caterpillars are always attended by ants . More pictures and
information please click here.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p899.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p465.
- 3. The Complete Field
Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby, Australian
National University, CSIRO 2004, p244.
- 4. Create
More Butterflies - by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke,
Earthling Enterprises, 2005, p22.
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