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Yellow-spotted Blue (Candalides xanthospilos)

Yellow-spotted Blue

Appearance: Upperside unmistakable, dark brown with yellow patch on the fore wing. Underside light grey with black spots, similar to the Rayed Blue (Candalides heathi)
Wingspan: 2.5 cm
Season: 1 or 2 generations in spring and summer.
Range: Along the east coast of Australia throughout QLD, NSW and VIC.
Habitat: Open forest and woodland.
Photo: Glenbrook, NSW, 19/02/2011.

Description

The Yellow-spotted Blue can be easily identified by the yellow patch on the fore wing. In addition, males have a faint iridescent blue suffusion on the upperside of the wings. The Yellow-spotted Blue can be found along the east coast of Australia from northern QLD throughout NSW and south-eastern VIC where it is common in open forest and woodland.

Additional Photos

Yellow-spotted Blue
Females have the upperside dark brown with an extended yellow patch on the fore wing. (Botany Bay NP, NSW, 15/09/2007)
Yellow-spotted Blue
Males have an iridescent blue suffusion on the upperside of the wings. (Lane Cove NP, NSW, 05/09/2009)
Yellow-spotted Blue
The underside is light grey with a characteristic pattern of black spots. (Lane Cove NP, NSW, 24/10/2009)
Yellow-spotted Blue
Mating pair with the smaller male on the left-hand side. (Glenbrook, NSW, 19/02/2011)