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  Marbled Xenica (Geitoneura klugii)





Marbled Xenica | Geitoneura klugii photo
Common Xenica

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MARBLED XENICA FACTS

Identification
The Marbled Xenica is an orange and brown butterfly. The forewings are chequered orange and brown with a small eyespot on upper an low surface. The upper surface of the hindwing is similar with less complex markings and the underside of the hindwings is dull brown.

Other Names
Common Xenica

Size
Length: 39mm - 44mm

Habitat
open forest, woodland, foothills of ranges, subalpine woodland, mallee scrub

Food
larvae feeds on plants such as Microlaena, Poa and Themeda species

Range
found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, southern South Australia, Tasmania and south west corner of Western Australia. The population in South Australia and Western Australia is smaller and paler.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Nymphalidae
Genus:Geitoneura
Species:klugii
Common Name:Marbled Xenica

Relatives in same Genus
  Ringed Xenica (G. acantha)