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Theclinesthes sulpitius (TBC)

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Unidentified at Suppressed - 27 Apr 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 27 Apr 2019
Unidentified at Suppressed - 27 Apr 2019

Identification history

Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Theclinesthes sulpitius 28 Apr 2019 JackieMiles

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Author's notes

Max thinks this could be the very similar T. serpentatus, because the Ross Field book shows it as having more blue at the base of the wings, with the veins brown, as in my first photo, and T. sulpitius with almost no blue. However, the underwing pattern looks to me to be a better fit to sulpitius, not that there is much difference between them. 2nd photo appears to be a female with the less marked white dots near the wing edges and 3rd photo a male. Although some individuals were perched on samphire, the female was perched on fleabane. However, samphire did seem to be the main attraction for them, in saltmarsh next to Bermagui River. Some of T. serpentatus potential food plants were also present: Atriplex sp, Einadia sp and Rhagodia candolleana. However I didn't actually see any butterflies taking an interest in those plants.

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  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 27 Apr 2019 12:49 PM Recorded on
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