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Nacaduba biocellata
Two-spotted Line-blue, Double-spotted Line-blue, Double Spotted Blue

Conservation status: Least Concern


This species of butterfly has been found in all the states and territories of Australia. It has also been found in Singapore, the New Hebrides, Sumba and Bali.
 
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Lepidoptera
Lycaenidae
Polyommatinae
Nacaduba
biocellata

Adult males are blue on top with narrow black margins. Females are brown on top. Both are pale brown with dark and light wavy lines underneath and they have two black spots both underneath and on top of their hind wings. Their wingspan is about 20mm.

The caterpillars of this species are very interesting in that they can be nearly any colour: pink, orange, yellow, or green, and have varied markings. Their colour appears to depend on the nature of the shoots, flowers and buds of the plants that they eat. They feed on various Acacia species.


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