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Alice Springs Butterflies & MothsBlue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly

Aka the Blue Moon Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina) is the common name given to this species in New Zealand and one of the butterfly species that has been sighted in Alice Springs. In Australia they are commonly known as the Common Eggfly Butterfly, the Varied Eggfly Butterfly and the Great Eggfly.

Common Eggfly Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
Blue Moon Butterfly (Hypolimnas bolina), Alice Springs NT

The male of the Common Eggfly Butterfly vary from the female in that the wings of the butterfly is black in colour with three pairs of white spots that are surrounded with a luminous blue sometimes purple colour, on the upper part of the wings. That accounts for the Blue Moon Butterfly common named.

Hypolimnas bolina is a black-bodied species with a high degree of sexual dimorphism, that describes the differences in appearance between the males and females of the same species. It is the female of the species that is mimetic with multiple morphs. This describes the variation in the colours and patterns, making the female butterfly of the species very variable.

The female of the species differ in colouration, in that the upperside of the wings are shades of brown, black and white. They do not have any spots like those of the male.

Checkout our blog on the Faces of the Blue Moon


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Nymphalidae
  • Genus: Hypolimnas
  • Species: H. bolina
  • Subspecies:
  • there are a number of sub-species found around the world including the following two that are also found in Australia
  • — H. b. bolina
  • — H. b. nerina
  • Binomial name: Hypolimnas bolina

Alice Springs Butterflies & MothsBlue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly

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