Other Common Names
Broom Heath-blue, Mathew's Blue

This butterfly makes N. agricola look positively spectacular, as this species is smaller and duller. It is also a fast flying species, which doesn't tend to land for long. I did find, however, that early in the morning they did bask for relatively long periods, especially in overcast conditions.

I found large numbers of these butterflies around the Kurnell peninsula, along fire trails and in the dune heaths. There were also some N. agricola, but they were very much in the minority.

I suspect that whoever gave this butterfly the common name Dull Heath Blue must have been colour blind.

Kurnell - October 2005, September 2008.
Blackheath - November 2014