Varied Dusky-blue
Erina hyacinthina form simplexa (Tepper)

Widespread. Flies near its hostplant, a coarse parasitic dodder laurel growing on mallee. Dark purple forms lives in Lower SE.

This butterfly is often placed in the all-encompassing genus Candalides but adult and immature stage morphologies, and larval hostplant preference, indicate it belongs in the more compact genus Erina.

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Key Facts

Size (Male):27mm
Size (Female):28mm
Mature Larva Length:16mm
Months of Flight:jan, feb, mar, apr, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec
Alternate Names:Western Dusky-blue
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