Breeding season on the Dorrigo Plateau: Thought to be September to March
Flight habit: Thought to be mid morning to mid afternoon.
Habitat: Rainforest edge - subtropical and warm temperate RF.
Identification note for Pencil-blues: There is a high degree of difficulty in identifying the three Pencil-blues - Glistening, Dark & Trident. The Dark however has a smaller white spot on its hindwing in upperwing images, underwing images are even more difficult.
Identification Confirmation: (for the 3 Sept 2017 images) Darren Moffatt and Trevor Lambkin have both agreed with my identification here - Oct 2017. Kelvyn Dunn confirmed my identification of the Cathedral Rocks butterflies - Dec 2014. Trevor (L) comments; Yes it is C. consimilis consimilis, the telltale hindwing white spot that is overlaid with blue scales confirms the ID. In addition, I am pretty sure that this is the only Candalides species, like this one, that you would get at your elevation (800 metres), i.e. above around 300 metres. The hindwing above is too dusted with blue and the forewing spot is not round terminally, which matches consimilis. I have compared them with my specimens and although it is a beautiful specimen (better than mine in my collection) the underside spots agree with consimilis. Field photographed specimens of the cryptic ones are always difficult to identify from a photo.