Common Grass Blue Zizina otis Wingspan: 20 mm - 23 mm
Sighted: All months except July
Larval Food Plants: Young leaves, flower buds, flowers and seedpods of Cullen and a wide range of mostly prostrate members of the Fabaceae (Pea) family including clover.
Female Common Grass-blue
One of the most commonly seen butterflies although they are fairly small and insignificant looking. The sun brings out the blue on the males' wings but the females have far less blue and often appear plain brown.
We have seen so many of these butterflies on patches of clover at Griffiths Lookout that we feared treading on them.
Larvae occasionally attended by ants.
Common Grass-blue - in the sun their undersides look lighter
Common Grass-blue underside clearly showing the markings
Resting after rain wings tightly folded
Common Grass-blue feeding on a Scaly Button
See its tongue dipping into the Scaly Button flower
Common Grass-blue larva feeding on a bean in the vegetable garden
This larva (with attendant ant) is feeding on Cullen tenax. It was sharing the plant with Chequered Swallowtail larvae
Jan 2008, 8.30 am
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