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  Cruiser (Vindula arsinoe)





Cruiser | Vindula arsinoe photo
Cruiser male near Mossman Gorge

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Cruiser | Vindula arsinoe photo
Cruiser female

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Cruiser | Vindula arsinoe photo
Cruiser male, Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

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Cruiser | Vindula arsinoe photo
Cruiser male

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CRUISER FACTS

Identification
The male Cruiser butterfly is orange brown with fine black border round the upper wings, two small eye spots on the hindwings, and small black markings near the wing edges. The female butterfly has quite different markings. The upper side of the female has dark tips to the forewings and broad pale band across the centre of each forewing which continues onto the leading edge of the hindwing. The female also has two small eyespots on each hindwing.

Size
wingspan: male 75mm, female 82mm

Habitat
lowland rainforest and vine thicket

Food
larvae feed on Adenia heterophylla, Passiflora aurantia

Range
coastal areas of tropical eastern Queensland



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Genus:Vindula
Species:arsinoe
Common Name:Cruiser