Large Green-banded Blue (Danis danis)
Appearance: Male upperside mainly light blue and white, female upperside grey-brown with extended white patches and faint blue suffusion. Underside of both sexes mainly grey-brown and white with extended, iridescent, light-blue subterminal band across the fore wing and hind wing.
Wingspan: 3.5 cm
Season: All around the year.
Range: Wet Tropics and Cape York Peninsula in QLD.
Habitat: Lowland and upland rainforest.
Photo: Daintree NP, QLD, 31/12/2005.
The Large Green-banded Blue can be found locally along the edges of tropical rainforest in north-eastern QLD. There are a few similar species, in particular the Small Green-banded Blue (Psychonotis caelius) and the Green-banded Line Blue (Nacaduba cyanea). The Large Green-banded Blue can be easily distinguished from these by the light-blue, iridescent band on the underside, which extends along the costa, apex, and termen of the fore wing, and the lack of a tail on the hind wing.