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Alice Springs ButterfliesBlue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly, Egg and Instar Glasswing (Acraea andromacha) Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calybe) Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) Two-spotted Line-blue Butterfly (Nacaduba biocellata)

Hypolimnas bolina, aka the Blue Moon Butterfly is the common name given to this species in New Zealand and is one of the species of butterfly 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 dark to almost blackish 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.

Check out our blog on the Faces of the Blue Moon

Checkout our section on Butterflies | Common Eggfly Butterfly | Blue Moon Butterfly and our blog Faces of the Blue Moon


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Family: Nymphalidae
  • Genus: Hypolimnas
  • Species: Hypolimnas 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

Alice Springs ButterfliesBlue Moon Butterfly Caper White Butterfly, Egg and Instar Glasswing (Acraea andromacha) Lesser Wanderer (Danaus petilia) Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calybe) Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) Two-spotted Line-blue Butterfly (Nacaduba biocellata)

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