Cyprotides cyprotus cyprotus (Oliff)   (Cyprotus Pencilled-blue)

Mallee habitat. Soil is shallow red loam over limestone.
Understorey includes Grevillea huegelii, situated in the foreground

Grevillea huegelii, a foodplant of Cyprotides cyprotus.
The rigid prickly leaves are a deterrant to grazing animals

Flower buds of Grevillea huegelii upon which eggs are laid. The larvae feed mainly on the flowers

An egg of Cyprotides cyprotus laid at the end of the flower bud of Grevillea huegelii

Photography by R. Grund