Common Brown Ringlet
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - SATYRINAE
Mount Ku-ring-gai, NSW, Australia
© Barbara Kedzierski
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
Hypocysta metirius is a common species
found in south Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
This species inhabits grassy
places at elevations between about 100-1500m.
The eggs are smooth, globular and pale green in colour. They are
laid singly in on various grasses and sedges including
Alexfloydia ( Poaceae ). The larvae exist in two morphs:
either pale green or light rusty brown. Both forms have numerous
faint thin dorsal and lateral stripes. The pupa is pale brown,
lightly mottled with darker brown. It is angular in shape and is
perfectly disguised as a small curled dead leaf hanging from a stem.