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Ogyrini Waterhouse & Lyell 1914

Ogyris Angas 1847

the Azures

Andrew V. Z. Brower
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Containing group: Theclinae


Ogyris amaryllis (?) male and female from a plate by G. F. Angas, 1847.  This is apparently the original illustration representing the genotype of Ogyris.

Ogyris, a mainly Australian genus with one species endemic to New Guinea (O. meeki), is the sole representative of this subtribe. Larvae feed on mistletoes (Loranthaceae) and are tended by ants.


The author of the generic name Ogyris has long been thought to be J. O. Westwood (1851), but the natural historian and watercolor artist G. W. Angas illustrated and identified it in the legend of Plate 37 of his South Australia Illustrated (1847). The type species is O. abrota Westwood, 1851.

Other Names for Ogyris Angas 1847


Bridges CA. 1988. Catalogue of family-group and genus-group names (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Charles A. Bridges, Urbana, IL.

Common, I. F. B. & Waterhouse, D. F. 1981 Butterflies of Australia. East Melbourne: CSIRO Publications.

Eliot JN. 1973. The higher classification of the Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): a tentative arrangement. Bull. Br. Mus. Nat. Hist. (Ent.) 28: 371-505, 6 pls.

Field RP. 1999. A new species of Ogyris Angas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from southern arid Australia. Mem. Mus. Vict. 57: 251-259

Parsons, M. 1999 The butterflies of Papua New Guinea: their systematics and biology. San Diego: Academic Press.

Title Illustrations
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Scientific Name Ogyris abrota
Sex Female
Source CSIRO Entomology
Scientific Name Ogyris amaryllis
Sex Male
Source CSIRO Entomology
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