Eastern Ringed Xenica
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
© David Fischer
are 3 currently recognised Geitoneura
species - acantha,
klugii and minyas,
all of which are endemic to Australia. The three species all have
similar Heteronympha-like patterns on
the upper surface but are easily distinguished from
Heteronympha and from each other by
differences on the undersides.
occurs in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South
This species inhabits grassy
clearings and glades at elevations between about 200-1500m.
The egg is smooth, globular and cream in colour. It is laid in
groups on the blades of grasses such as
Microlaena, Poa and
Themeda ( Poaceae ). The larva is
bright green with a pair of pale subdorsal stripes, a dark green
mid-dorsal line, and a brown head with prominent knobby head horns.
The pupa is brown with dark markings. It is suspended by the
cremaster from a stem.
The adults rarely visit flowers
and are more commonly observed at rest in the ground or among grasses.