Image: Male Cruiser Butterfly

Male Cruiser Butterfly

Male Cruiser Butterfly

Janette Murdoch
© Janette Murdoch


The female of this butterfly species are seen much less frequently and have quite different markings. The upper side of the female has dark tips to the forewings and broad pale band across the centre of each forewing which continues onto the leading edge of the hindwing. The female also has two small eyespots on each hindwing.

The eggs are laid on the food plant such as native passion vines. The adults feed at lantana and other flowers. They have a strong gliding flight. Males appear to establish territories by perching on a leaf in full sunlight. Adults are on the wing throughout the year and appear to be most abundant after the wet season.

This species ranges from Maluku through mainland New Guinea and north-eastern Australia.


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