Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
© 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.
is found along the southern coastal region of Australia in New South
Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.
This species inhabits grassy
clearings and glades at elevations between about 100-1000m.
The egg is smooth, globular and cream in colour. It is laid singly
or in pairs on the blades of grasses including
and Vulpia ( Poaceae ). The larva feeds
diurnally. It is bright yellowish-green with darl green dorsal,
subdorsal and lateral lines, and a green head. The pupa is pale
green with yellow ridges. It is suspended by the cremaster from a
The adults rarely visit flowers and
are more commonly observed at rest in the ground or among grasses.