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
Male Grass Blue, Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 24 Apr 2020
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.
Claire Cottage, Dorrigo Plateau, 27 Jan 2019
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
Larva feeding on Cullen tenax 20 Mar 2019
Pre-pupa 25 Mar 2019
Pupa 25 Mar 2019
Pupa 4 Mar 2019
Pupa 9 Apr 2019
Day of hatching 10 Apr 2019
The butterfly that hatched from the above pupa 10 Apr 2019