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  Imperial Hairstreak (Jalmenus evagoras)





Imperial Hairstreak | Jalmenus evagoras photo
Imperial Hairstreak (Jalmenus evagoras)

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IMPERIAL HAIRSTREAK FACTS

Identification
The upper side of the Imperial Hairstreak butterfly is bluish white with broad dark brown border round the outside edges of the forewings. The hindwings have an orange yellow patch in the lower corner with a black tail from the tip. The underside of the wings are creamy with yellow edges and narrow black lines across the wings, and orange yellow marking in the hindwing tips.

Size
wingspan 32mm to 37mm

Habitat
eucalypt woodland, brigalow woodland, open grassy woodland

Food
larvae feed mainly on Acacia species (Wattles)

Range
eastern Australia from central Queensland to Victoria along the coast and ranges



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Lycaenidae
Genus:Jalmenus
Species:evagoras
Common Name:Imperial Hairstreak