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  Hairy Line-blue (Erysichton lineata)





Hairy Line-blue | Erysichton lineata photo
Hairy Line-blue butterfly photographed at Buderim, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

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HAIRY LINE-BLUE FACTS

Identification
The Hairy Line-blue butterfly has long whitish hairs on the upper side of the wings. Males are a dusky blue color above and brownish underneath. Females have a white patch on the forewings above and below. The rear wings of both males and females has a small eye spot of black surrounded by tan. The rear wing has a small tail.

Size
wingspan: 21mm

Habitat
edges of rainforest, also suburban gardens with suitable food trees

Food
rainforest plants such as Syzygium, Macadamia, Harpullia

Breeding
lays eggs on rainforest plants. The caterpillars feed on the leaves and pupate on the plant.

Range
coastal areas of Queensland, New South Wales.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Lycaenidae
Genus:Erysichton
Species:lineata
Common Name:Hairy Line-blue