Hypocysta adiante is a satyrine butterfly endemic to Australia. It is a small dainty species (wingspan ca. 3 cm), easily recognized by its orange color and broad dark-brown margins on the upperside (Braby 2000). The underside of the hindwing displays two prominent black eyespots (subtornal and apical) ringed with silver, a silver subterminal line and a small silver spot next to the subtornal eyespot.
Two subspecies are recognized: H. a. adiante occurs in the eastern parts of Queensland and New South Wales; while H. a. antirius occurs in the northern parts of the Northern Territory and Western Australia (Braby 2000).
These butterflies are usually found in open grassy habitats. Adults sip nectar from flowers and larvae feed on grasses (Braby 1995a,b, 2000).
- Braby, M. F. 1995a. Reproductive seasonality in tropical satyrine butterflies: strategies for the dry season. Ecological Entomology 20:5-17.
- Braby, M. F. 1995b. Larval and adult food plants for some tropical satyrine butterflies in northern Queensland. Australian Entomologist 22:5-13.
- Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia. Their Identification, Biology and Distribution. Volume 2. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.
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