SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES
Argynnina cyrila Waterhouse and
Lyell (Forest Xenica)
First instar larva (2mm) just emerged from egg. Setae have sticky knobs.
Late first instar larva (4mm) after having eaten grass.
First instar larva in defensive pose with head reared up.
Closeup of setae on neck of above first instar.
|Early second instar larva (5mm)||Late second instar larva (8mm)|
Early third instar larva (9mm)
Early fourth instar larva (14mm)
Late fifth instar (23mm)
Head capsules (left to right) of second-fifth instar larvae.
Width of second instar head is 0.5mm, fifth instar is 3mm.
Side closeup of fifth instar larva head.
Photography by R. Grund