SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Jalmenus lithochroa Waterhouse  (Lithochroa Hairstreak)

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Immature larva with attendant "meat-ant" Iridomyrmex purpureus.
Ant is 8 mm long

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Mature larva with the large and ferocious attendant meat-ants Iridomyrmex purpureus

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Mature larva with attendant meat-ants Iridomyrmex viridiaeneus

Photography by D. Lohman

Mature larva with attendant meat-ants Iridomyrmex sp

A mature larva cannibalising a prepupa

Pupa

Photography by R. Fisher