Male left and female right from Yorke Peninsula
from the Upper Southeast
The presence of metallic glint is dependant on both viewing and incident light angles.
With metallic blue detail on hindwing not showing
With metallic blue detail on hindwing showing
Male from Upper Southeast with upperside purple colour not showing
Males from Upper Southeast
showing full upperside colour
The small, spindly green plant in the centre foreground is a young broad-leaved Acacia pycnantha, which has a colony of the Fiery Jewel living on it.
The brown leaves are where the larvae have eaten and caused the leaves to die and turn brown. There is an ant byre at the base of the plant.
Closeup of the ant byre at the base of the above plant
All photography by R. Grund unless stated otherwise.