SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Jalmenus icilius Hewitson  (Icilius Hairstreak)

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Immature larvae with small black attendant ants Iridomyrmex sp.
Ants are 3 mm long

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Closeup of above first instar larva

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Closeup of above second instar larva

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Mature brown larva with small black attendant ants Iridomyrmex sp

Photography by D. Lohman

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Mature green larva eating the waxy coating of mulga scale

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Hostplant prickly Acacia tetragonophylla with several pale pupae attached to stems

Photography by R. Grund