Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
© David Fischer
are 7 known Theclinesthes species, of
which 6 are endemic to Australia. The other species -
eremicola, is known only from the
Indonesian islands of Alor and Flores, east of the Wallace Line. It
seems likely however that other species may still remain
undiscovered e.g. on New Guinea.
is found in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
To be completed.
The pale green lozenge-shaped eggs are laid singly on flower-buds or
leaves of the foodplant. The larvae when fully grown are plump and
pale green, and covered in tiny white warts. They feed on
Einadia ( Chenopodiaceae ) and
Atalaya ( Sapindaceae ). Larvae are
usually attended by ants of the genera
Monomorium. The pupa is pale brown mottled with darker
flecks. It is usually attached to the underside of a leaf of the
foodplant, and secured with a silk girdle.
Both sexes are fond of nectaring at Asteraceae and other low growing