Other Common Names
Blue Jewel, Moonlight Blue
I found a larva whilst walking along a track up a hillside near Herberton. The shots of the larva were taken in situ, but the pics of the pupa and adult were stooged : I took the larva home, and it pupated after a few days, and emerged a week or two later as a beautiful adult female. I'd prefer to have shots of butterflies in the wild, but beggars can't be choosers, and this is the only example of this species I've ever seen except for set specimens in butterfly collections. I finally saw the adult of this species at Blackheath in November 2009. It was trying to settle on a small shrub at the top of a hill, but every time it came near it was chased away by several Canadalides - except for one occasion when did manage to land for a few seconds. Thankfully, it landed right next to me, and I was able to get a couple of photos.
Herberton, QLD - January 2009
Blackheath - November 2009, December 2009, December 2010, January 2011
Katoomba - December 2009, December 2010
Mount Sugarloaf, NSW - November 2010, December 2010