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Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae)Zizina otis

Common Grass-blue at Point Hut to Tharwa

Zizina otis at Point Hut to Tharwa - 15 Nov 2015

Identification history

Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Zizina otis 13 Dec 2015 SuziBond
Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae) Zizina otis 3 Dec 2015 michaelb

6 comments

michaelb wrote:
   5 Jan 2018
Hi Suzi
Can you please tell me whether this is a male or female?
SuziBond wrote:
   6 Jan 2018
Sure Mike, this is a female.
michaelb wrote:
   6 Jan 2018
Thanks Suzi
Does Zizina otis go hill-topping when breeding?
michaelb wrote:
   9 Jan 2018
I saw hundreds of these butterflies yesterday in the Rob Roy foothills near Conder.
The following reference says that the family Lycaenidae to which this species belongs has the habit of hilltopping:
http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/hilltoppingktplisting.htm
Is that enough evidence to suggest this species does it too?
SuziBond wrote:
   9 Jan 2018
They're not really a hilltopper species like many other Lycaenids but they can be very widespread and abundant over all suitable open habitat, which includes open grassy areas around hill summits. If you check the ACT field guide, for each species I've listed under the notes section whether or not they hilltop, and how strongly they hilltop. For example, the ant-blues (pages 154-159) are dedicated hilltoppers and are rarely to be found away from summits.
michaelb wrote:
   9 Jan 2018
Thanks Suzi

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Nearby Sightings

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Aphelocephala leucopsis (Southern Whiteface) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 19 Jun 2019 Isodontia sp. (genus) (Unidentified Grass-carrying wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Jan 2019 Cincloramphus mathewsi (Rufous Songlark) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Jan 2019 Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 17 Jan 2019 Phragmites australis (Common reed) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Sep 2018 Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 10 May 2018 Ephutomorpha sp. (genus) (Mutillid wasp or Velvet 'ant') at Point Hut to Tharwa - 24 Dec 2017 Argemone ochroleuca subsp. ochroleuca (Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 4 Dec 2017 Oenothera indecora subsp. bonariensis (Small-flower evening-primrose) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Nov 2017 Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 May 2017 Oenothera indecora subsp. bonariensis (Small-flower evening-primrose) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 12 Apr 2017 Calomela curtisi (Acacia leaf beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017 Chrysolopus spectabilis (Botany Bay Weevil) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017 Mictis profana (Crusader bug) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017 Diphucrania leucosticta (White-flecked acacia jewel beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017 Camponotus consobrinus (Banded sugar ant) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017 Myrmecia nigriceps (Black-headed bull ant) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017 Myrmecia nigriceps (Black-headed bull ant) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017 Phacelococcus bursaria (Blackthorn felted scale) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017 Coryphistes ruricola (Bark grasshopper) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 8 Feb 2017 Sphex cognata (TBC) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Feb 2017 Goniaea opomaloides (Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Jan 2017 Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Eupoecila australasiae (Fiddler Beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Neorrhina punctata (Spotted Flower Chafer) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Delta bicinctus (Potter wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Xanthium spinosum (Bathurst Burr) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Gastrimargus musicus (Yellow-winged Locust or Grasshopper) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Ancita australis (Longicorn or longhorn beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017 Aridaeus thoracicus (Tiger Longicorn Beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 15 Jan 2017 Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 30 Nov 2016 Utetheisa pulchelloides (Heliotrope Moth) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Mar 2016 Erigeron bonariensis (Flaxleaf Fleabane) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 13 Feb 2016 Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 21 Dec 2015 Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2015 Rubus parvifolius (Native Raspberry) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Nov 2015 Salvia verbenaca var. verbenaca (Wild Sage) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 Oct 2015 Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 28 Sep 2015 Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's Purse) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 30 Aug 2015 Erophila verna (Whitlow Grass) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 16 Aug 2015 Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 6 Jun 2015 Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 18 May 2015 Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 21 Jan 2015 Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 Jan 2015 Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 28 Dec 2014 Artamus cyanopterus (Dusky Woodswallow) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 28 Dec 2014 Archimantis sp. (genus) (Large Brown Mantis) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2014 Verbena incompta (Purpletop) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2014 Paropsis atomaria (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2014 Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Mar 2014 Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 11 Mar 2014 Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 5 Mar 2014 Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Feb 2014 Merops ornatus (Rainbow Bee-eater) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Jan 2014 Hirundo neoxena (Welcome Swallow) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 1 Dec 2013
Aphelocephala leucopsis (Southern Whiteface) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 19 Jun 2019
Isodontia sp. (genus) (Unidentified Grass-carrying wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Jan 2019
Cincloramphus mathewsi (Rufous Songlark) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Jan 2019
Pelecanus conspicillatus (Australian Pelican) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 17 Jan 2019
Phragmites australis (Common reed) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Sep 2018
Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 10 May 2018
Ephutomorpha sp. (genus) (Mutillid wasp or Velvet 'ant') at Point Hut to Tharwa - 24 Dec 2017
Argemone ochroleuca subsp. ochroleuca (Mexican Poppy, Prickly Poppy) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 4 Dec 2017
Oenothera indecora subsp. bonariensis (Small-flower evening-primrose) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Nov 2017
Vespula germanica (European wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 May 2017
Oenothera indecora subsp. bonariensis (Small-flower evening-primrose) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 12 Apr 2017
Calomela curtisi (Acacia leaf beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017
Chrysolopus spectabilis (Botany Bay Weevil) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017
Mictis profana (Crusader bug) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017
Diphucrania leucosticta (White-flecked acacia jewel beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Feb 2017
Camponotus consobrinus (Banded sugar ant) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017
Myrmecia nigriceps (Black-headed bull ant) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017
Myrmecia nigriceps (Black-headed bull ant) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017
Phacelococcus bursaria (Blackthorn felted scale) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Feb 2017
Coryphistes ruricola (Bark grasshopper) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 8 Feb 2017
Sphex cognata (TBC) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Feb 2017
Goniaea opomaloides (Mimetic Gumleaf Grasshopper) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 26 Jan 2017
Diplacodes haematodes (Scarlet Percher) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Eupoecila australasiae (Fiddler Beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Neorrhina punctata (Spotted Flower Chafer) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Delta bicinctus (Potter wasp) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Xanthium spinosum (Bathurst Burr) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Gastrimargus musicus (Yellow-winged Locust or Grasshopper) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Acacia dealbata (Silver Wattle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Ancita australis (Longicorn or longhorn beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 22 Jan 2017
Aridaeus thoracicus (Tiger Longicorn Beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 15 Jan 2017
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-Parrot) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 30 Nov 2016
Utetheisa pulchelloides (Heliotrope Moth) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Mar 2016
Erigeron bonariensis (Flaxleaf Fleabane) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 13 Feb 2016
Cerdistus sp. (genus) (Robber fly) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 21 Dec 2015
Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2015
Rubus parvifolius (Native Raspberry) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Nov 2015
Salvia verbenaca var. verbenaca (Wild Sage) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 Oct 2015
Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 28 Sep 2015
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's Purse) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 30 Aug 2015
Erophila verna (Whitlow Grass) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 16 Aug 2015
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 6 Jun 2015
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 18 May 2015
Asparagus officinalis (Asparagus) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 21 Jan 2015
Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 3 Jan 2015
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 28 Dec 2014
Artamus cyanopterus (Dusky Woodswallow) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 28 Dec 2014
Archimantis sp. (genus) (Large Brown Mantis) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2014
Verbena incompta (Purpletop) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2014
Paropsis atomaria (Eucalyptus leaf beetle) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 9 Dec 2014
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Mar 2014
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 11 Mar 2014
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 5 Mar 2014
Rhipidura leucophrys (Willie Wagtail) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 2 Feb 2014
Merops ornatus (Rainbow Bee-eater) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 29 Jan 2014
Hirundo neoxena (Welcome Swallow) at Point Hut to Tharwa - 1 Dec 2013

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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