SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Argynnina cyrila Waterhouse and Lyell   (Forest Xenica)

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First instar larva (2mm) just emerged from egg.  Setae have sticky knobs.

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Late first instar larva (4mm) after having eaten grass.

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First instar larva in defensive pose with head reared up.

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Closeup of setae on neck of above first instar.

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Early second instar larva (5mm) Late second instar larva (8mm)

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Early third instar larva (9mm)

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Early fourth instar larva (14mm)

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Late fifth instar (23mm)

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Head capsules (left to right) of second-fifth instar larvae.
Width of second instar head is 0.5mm, fifth instar is 3mm.

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Side closeup of fifth instar larva head.

Photography by R. Grund