Male dark form
Female dark form
Underside male dark form
Male pale form mulesi
Female pale form mulesi
Hostplant Themeda triandra (Kangaroo Grass)
Newly laid egg
Fertile egg batch that had been laid in captivity
Fertile eggs of the Common Xenica.
(The above egg was laid in captivity on green grass.
The females would normally lay on dead grass, which
would provide better camouflage for the egg)
Larva emerging from egg (note the jack-in-a-box exit)
First instar larva showing small knobs at the ends of the hairs
Second instar larva
Third instar larva
Fourth instar larva
Fifth instar larva
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