SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES
Lucia limbaria (Swainson) (Small Copper)
First instar larva of Lucia limbaria, immediately after
emergence from egg.
Attended by a small black ant Iridomyrmex sp
Final instar larva of Lucia limbaria, attended by small black
ants Iridomyrmex sp.
Larva is feeding on the foodplant Oxalis perennans
Closeup of final instar larva of Lucia limbaria.
The head is to the right
Pupae of Lucia limbaria, at different stages of development
Photography by L. Hunt