Home

 

 
Butterflies of Australia
Northern Brown Ringlet
Hypocysta irius  BUTLER, 1875
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Tribe -
Hypocysta irius  Fitzroy Falls, Wollongong NSW, Australia David Fischer
Introduction
The genus Hypocysta comprises of 12 species, found variously in Australia and New Guinea. Most Hypocysta species have elongated wings, and are dark brown on the upperside, with large orange or white patches. The hindwings usually have prominent ocelli.
Hypocysta irius is found in south Queensland and New South Wales.
Habitats
This species inhabits grassy places including forest clearings, at elevations up to about 1500m.
Lifecycle
The eggs are smooth, globular and yellow in colour. They are laid singly in on various grasses such asa Cynodon and Imperata ( Poaceae ). The plump larvae exist in two morphs - either bright green or dark brown. Both forms have numerous faint thin dorsal and lateral stripes, and black heads with long white-tipped horns. The pupa is pale brown, lightly mottled with darker brown. It is suspended from a stem, and looks very much like a curled dead leaf.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies rarely visit flowers, and are more often seen resting or basking on grasses or low herbage.

 

 

 

Contact  /  About me

Butterfly-watching holidays

Trip reports

UK latest sightings

Frequently asked questions

Strange but true !

Taxonomy & Evolution

Anatomy

Lifecycle

Enemies of butterflies

Survival strategies

Migration & dispersal

Habitats - UK / Palaearctic

Habitats - Tropical rainforests

Butterfly world census

Butterflies of the World :

British Isles

Europe

Amazon & Andes

North America

temperate Asia

Africa

Indian subcontinent

Malaysia & Borneo

Papua New Guinea

Australia & N.Z.

Insects of Britain & Europe

Insects of Amazonia

Moths of the Andes

Saturniidae - Silkmoths

Caterpillars of the World

Butterfly Photography

Recommended Books

Glossary

Links

Code of practice

Copyright - text & images

Copyright - text & images

X

X

X

X

 

All photographs, artwork, text & website design are the property of Adrian Hoskins ( unless otherwise stated ) and are protected by Copyright. Photographs or text on this website must not be reproduced in part or in whole or published elsewhere without prior written consent of Adrian Hoskins / learnaboutbutterflies.com

Site hosted by Just Host