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Butterflies of Australia
Eastern Ringed Xenica
Geitoneura acantha  DONOVAN, 1805
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe -
Geitoneura acantha  Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia David Fischer
Introduction
There 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.
Geitoneura acantha occurs in southern Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
Habitats
This species inhabits grassy clearings and glades at elevations between about 200-1500m.
Lifecycle
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.
Adult behaviour

The adults rarely visit flowers and are more commonly observed at rest in the ground or among grasses.

 

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