ELSEWHERE on the DORRIGO PLATEAU:(as for Claire Cottage)
Note: In January 2019 we ID'd this butterfly as Candalides consimilis the Dark Pencil-blue, a species we had found at Claire Cottage previously. We find identifying Pencil-blues difficult but even harder when we only have underwing images. It has been suggested to us (in January 2020 by KD) that our image is actually that of a Candalides margarita, the Trident Pencil-blue. We are now reviewing our own ID and additionally are requesting the help of several more butterfly experts to see if it is possible to all agree which species we photographed. As at 21/01/20 therefore this id remains in dispute.
Photo ID'd as Candalides margarita by Kelvyn Dunn. Perching on Callistemon salignus, Claire Cottage Dorrigo NSW, 3.20pm 17 Jan 2019
Claire Cottage Dorrigo NSW, 17 Jan 2019 3.20 pm
Following is an extract from Kelvyn Dunn's communication explaining the reasoning for his decision:
"... the beautiful fresh female dated 17 Jan 2019 is closest to C. margarita based on the evidence available in the photo. The tornal & terminal black spots on the HW are quite prominent, and more extensive than might be expected in consimilis. The post medial-subapical area of the FW needs inspection. The band is offset basally and quite significantly from the remainder of the band in the subterminal region. The postmedian band of the HW slants basally (inwardly) in a diagonal line and does not align with the rest of the postmedian band from vein M2 downwards! In consimilis it is still offset from the remainder but the upper portion of the band is diagonal in the opposite direction so that a gentle curve in the whole band presents. If you look at pictures of margarita in Braby (2016) there is no gentle curve in margarita. Instead there are two lines offset diagonally. I feel very strongly that it is a female of margarita. It would be unusual to see one at an elevation but it is not far from the range of that species."