Hard to get close enough on the rare occasions they settled. On the wing they appeared black but almost half the wing size of Percnodaimon merula, and they and settled exclusively over low tussock in a damp basin.
I could not get close enough for a decent resolution picture and so am not sure which species I have here.
Although larger than the Boulder Coppers in the same area, they were smaller than lowland coppers of this species. Perhaps 30% smaller.
When I saw this butterfly at rest with wings closed I thought it was a blue, the underside of the hind wings appeared light blue.
Perched at about 6m above ground on silver beech.
Zoomed in to get a picture of Earina orchid at about 6m up a silver beech only to find the moth when I viewed the picture. The identity was suggested to me.
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Dead adult probably blown or flown up from Cobb River flats.
Several were flying up to the top of the ridge then turning and flying down towards the bushedge without settling more than briefly. Managed to catch this one with my hat. Next day March 11th there was a cover of snow on the range. Location is obscured.
With Long tailed Blue on left
With Common Blue on right
On the ultramafic mineral belt and much smaller than this species observed elsewhere
Many yellow admirals and a few red admirals feeding on fermenting sap exuding from Pittosporum eugeniodes (lemonwood).