SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Lampides boeticus (Linnaeus)   (Long-tailed Pea-blue)

First instar larva devouring the inner parts of a flower, head on right

Third instar larva on left, hiding in a Dipogon flower.
Fourth instar larva on right.  Head on left, both photos

Final instar larva, green colour form, head on left

Final instar larvae.  Larva on left with head exposed, yellow-green colour form.
Larva on right yellow and purple colour form, head on left

Final instar larvae, different colour forms, head on left.
Both larvae eating, by inserting heads into a pod (on left) to reach newly formed seeds,
and to reach the inner parts of Dipogon flower (on right)

Photography by R. Grund