Royal jewel Hypochrysops polycletus, copyright Chen Shu.

Belongs within: Lycaenidae.

Hypochrysops, the jewels, is a primarily Australasian genus of butterflies whose larvae feed on a wide range of plant families, some even on ferns. Larvae of most species are attended by ants but those of H. byzosH. polycletus and H. pythias are not (Braby 2000b).

Characters (from Braby 2000b): Antenna more than half as long as costa of fore wing; eye smooth; fore wing with eleven veins, radial branches R4 and R5 fused into single vein R4+5; hind wing with termen evenly rounded with tails, often slightly dentate at ends of veins, rarely squared or lobed at tornus; male lacking sex-scales.

<==Hypochrysops Felder & Felder 1860B00
|--H. apelles (Fabricius 1775)B00
|--H. apollo Miskin 1891B00
| |--H. a. apolloB00
| `--H. a. phoebus (Waterhouse 1928)B00
|--H. arronica (Felder & Felder 1859)B00
|--H. byzos (Boisduval 1832) [incl. H. byzos hecalius Miskin 1884]B00
|--H. cleon Grose-Smith 1900B00
|--H. coelisparsus (Butler 1883)B00
|--H. cyane (Waterhouse & Lyell 1914)B00
|--H. delicia Hewitson 1875B00
| |--H. d. delicia [incl. H. delicia delos (Waterhouse & Lyell 1914)]B00
| `--H. d. duaringae (Waterhouse 1903)B00
|--H. digglesii (Hewitson 1874)B00
|--H. elgneri (Waterhouse & Lyell 1909)B00
| |--H. e. elgneriB00
| `--H. e. barnardi Waterhouse 1934B00
|--H. epicurus Miskin 1876B00
|--H. halyaetus Hewitson 1874B00
|--H. hippuris Hewitson 1874B00
| |--H. h. hippurisB00
| `--H. h. nebulosis Sands 1986B00
|--H. ignita (Leach 1814)B00
| |--H. i. ignitaB00
| |--H. i. chrysonotus Grose-Smith 1899B00
| |--H. i. erythrina (Waterhouse & Lyell 1909)B00
| `--H. i. olliffi Miskin 1889B00
|--H. miskini (Waterhouse 1903)B00
|--H. narcissus (Fabricius 1775)B00
| |--H. n. narcissusB00
| |--H. n. eratosthenes (Fruhstorfer 1908)B00
| `--H. n. sabirius (Fruhstorfer 1908)B00
|--H. piceata Kerr, Macqueen & Sands 1969B00
|--H. polycletus (Linnaeus 1758)B00
| |--H. p. polycletusB00
| |--H. p. rexB00
| `--H. p. rovena Druce 1891B00
|--H. protogenes Felder & Felder 1865B00
|--H. pythias Felder & Felder 1865B00
| |--H. p. pythiasB00
| |--H. p. druceiB00
| `--H. p. euclides Miskin 1889B00
`--H. theon Felder & Felder 1865B00
|--H. t. theonB00
|--H. t. cretatus Sands 1986B00
`--H. t. medocus (Fruhstorfer 1908)B00

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B00a] Braby, M. F. 2000a. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 1. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[B00b] Braby, M. F. 2000b. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 2. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

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