Orange-tipped Pea-blueEveres lacturnus Wingspan:22 mm - 23 mm
Foodplant: Desmodium heterocarpon (north from Sawtell - uncommon). As we find newly emerged adult specimens here it may be feeding on an unrecorded foodplant possibly; Desmodium brachypodum NSW common or D. nemorosum uncommon only found north from Forster or D. rhytidophyllum common on stony & sandy soils or D.gunnii common or D. varians common.
Larvae may occasionally be attended by a few ants.
Similar species: Spotted Pea-blue which has less orange on the hindwings and shorter tails.
Orange-tipped Pea Blue resting on a native Geranium, 26 Jan 2018
Orange-tipped Pea-blue early one morning (21/02/16 - 08.59 hrs)