Imperial Blue


Whitebanded Line-blue - Nacaduba kurava


This page contains information and pictures about Whitebanded Line-blue Butterflies in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as White Line-blues.

Wingspan 25mm, male
We took the picture in the small forest in Eight Mile plains along Bulimba Creek in mid-summer. The butterfly slowly flied away after we took the picture. The bottom sides of its wings are mostly pale grey in colour with extensive white patch. There are the eye-spots and small thin tails on edges of its hind wings.

River Mangrove - Host Plants
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Aegiceras corniculatum 
Caterpillars feed on River Mangrove Aegiceras corniculatum.

1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 899.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p466.
3. Create More Butterflies -  by Frank Jordan and Helen Schwencke, Earthling Enterprises, 2005, p59.
4. Nacaduba kurava - Australian Caterpillars, Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2005.
5. Wild Plants of Greater Brisbane -  Queensland Museum, 2003, p42, River Mangrove Aegiceras corniculatum.
6. Butterflies of the Townsville Area - Web Site text and photographs by Peter Valentine, 
7. The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F Braby, Australian National University, CSIRO 2004, p274. 

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