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Blue & Copper (Lycaenidae)Zizina otis

Common Grass-blue at Point Hut to Tharwa

Zizina otis at Point Hut to Tharwa - 16 Nov 2015

Identification history

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

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michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   5 Jan 2018
Hi Suzi
Can you please tell me whether this is a male or female?
SuziBondMultiple Significant Sightings - SuziBond has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr! wrote:
   6 Jan 2018
Sure Mike, this is a female.
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   6 Jan 2018
Thanks Suzi
Does Zizina otis go hill-topping when breeding?
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! 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?
SuziBondMultiple Significant Sightings - SuziBond has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr! 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.
michaelbMultiple Significant Sightings - michaelb has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Ultra Reporter - michaelb has reported over 500 sightings!Founding Explorer - michaelb joined us in 2014! wrote:
   9 Jan 2018
Thanks Suzi

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

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 15 Nov 2015 Recorded on
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