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Candalides absimilis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Candalides absimilis
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Candalides
Rank  Species
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Similar  Candalides, Butterflies and moths, Candalides heathi, Candalides xanthospilos, Candalides hyacinthina

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Candalides absimilis, the pencilled blue or common pencil-blue, is a species of butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found along the east coast of Australia, including Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria.

The wingspan is about 30 mm. Adult males are grey blue, while females are brown on top with a large white patch on each wing and a purple sheen near the hinges. The underside of both sexes is white with rows of fawn carets.

The larvae have been recorded feeding on buds and young shoots of a wide range of plants, including Flagellaria, Macadamia integrifolia, Castanospermum australe, Erythrina, Callerya megasperma, Wisteria, Cassia fistula, Alectryon coriaceus, Brachychiton acerifolius and Cupaniopsis. They are green with a dark dorsal line and diagonal white marks along the sides and a brown head. Pupation takes place in a brown pupa with a length of about 15 mm.


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