Spalgis epius epius

Apefly

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Miletinae
Genus Spalgis
Species: epius
Subspecies: epius
Common Name: Apefly
Wingspan: 10-14 mm
Life History: partial
Extant in countries: •Singapore •Malaysia •Thailand

Description
This Lycaenid is unique in that its larva stage is carnivorous! The caterpillar feeds on coccids Dactylopius adonideum which is the "mealy bug" of tea planters. It is a small butterfly - wingspan about 10-14 mm with dark brown wings above, and a greyish buff underside with dark striations. There is a clearly defined white spot at the cell end of the forewing.

Habitat & Habits
The butterfly flies rapidly and erratically. Occasionally, it has a habit of flying rapidly around a bush, and landing to rest persistently on its favourite perch. It is a rare butterfly in Singapore, and probably is missed by most observers due to its small size and relatively drab colours.

Other Observations
To be detailed.

Early Stages
To be detailed.

Further Reading
To be detailed.

Early Stages Photos

Caterpillar
Pupa

Spalgis epius epius

Apefly

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Miletinae
Genus Spalgis
Species: epius
Subspecies: epius
Common Name: Apefly
Wingspan: 10-14
Life History: partial
Extant in countries: •Singapore •Malaysia •Thailand

Description
This Lycaenid is unique in that its larva stage is carnivorous! The caterpillar feeds on coccids Dactylopius adonideum which is the "mealy bug" of tea planters. It is a small butterfly - wingspan about 10-14 mm with dark brown wings above, and a greyish buff underside with dark striations. There is a clearly defined white spot at the cell end of the forewing.

Habitat & Habits
The butterfly flies rapidly and erratically. Occasionally, it has a habit of flying rapidly around a bush, and landing to rest persistently on its favourite perch. It is a rare butterfly in Singapore, and probably is missed by most observers due to its small size and relatively drab colours.

Other Observations
To be detailed.

Early Stages
To be detailed.

Further Reading
To be detailed.

Early Stages Photos

Caterpillar
Pupa




Spalgis epius epius

Apefly

Family: Lycaenidae
Subfamily: Miletinae
Genus Spalgis
Species: epius
Subspecies: epius
Common Name: Apefly
Wingspan: 10-14
Life History: partial
Extant in countries: •Singapore •Malaysia •Thailand

Description
This Lycaenid is unique in that its larva stage is carnivorous! The caterpillar feeds on coccids Dactylopius adonideum which is the "mealy bug" of tea planters. It is a small butterfly - wingspan about 10-14 mm with dark brown wings above, and a greyish buff underside with dark striations. There is a clearly defined white spot at the cell end of the forewing.

Habitat & Habits
The butterfly flies rapidly and erratically. Occasionally, it has a habit of flying rapidly around a bush, and landing to rest persistently on its favourite perch. It is a rare butterfly in Singapore, and probably is missed by most observers due to its small size and relatively drab colours.

Other Observations
To be detailed.

Early Stages
To be detailed.

Further Reading
To be detailed.

Early Stages Photos

Caterpillar
Pupa