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Short-tailed Line-blue - Prosotas felderi


This page contains information and pictures about Short-tailed Line-blue Butterflies in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. 

Wingspan 20mm, male
This is a small Line-blue butterfly. It has a short tail on each hind-wing with "1.5" eye-spot. It has the wings more pointed than other blues. They are sometimes found in open eucalypt forests in Brisbane. 
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Above photos were taken on White Hill during later winter. The butterflies usually found flying in mid canopy. When rest, they sit on the outer leaves in full sunlight. 
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Caterpillars feed on flowers and flower buds of many native plants include Acacia. Caterpillars are very occasionally attended by ants of Dolichoderus and Crematogaster species.
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1. Prosotas felderi - Australian Caterpillars, Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2005.
2. The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby, Australian National University, CSIRO 2004, p276. 

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Last updated: July 20, 2010.