The adult male is orange with a black pattern of lines and dots. There is a small eyespot on the rear of each hind wing. The female is similar but a paler orange, and has a large black area along the margin of each fore wing containing a pattern of white spots and crescents.
The caterpillar mainly feeds at night. The chrysalis resembles dead leaves and will wiggle violently as they are very sensitive to disturbance.
- Scientific Name
- Vindula arsinoe
- Feeds On
- Passionfruit vine (Adenia heterophylla or Passiflora aurantia)
- Usual Location
- Tropical North Queensland Rainforest
- Best Viewing
- February to May
- Wing Span
- The Caterpillar is cylindrical, and black with white patches on the sides of each segment. It has pairs of black and white tentacles on each segment.
- The pupa is green or brown, with silvery spots, and has 3 pairs of wing like extensions.