The bright purplish colour of the male hindwing fades rapidly after death. Up to 10,000 eggs are laid indiscriminately over the forest floor.
Various types of leaf litter.
Up to 10,000 eggs laid on forest floor.
Up to 100mm long, 2-3 years in tunnel. Host to vegetable caterpillar fungus.
Pupates in subterranean tunnel.
Males have bright purple hindwings fading to pink-orange-yellow after death.
25 - 45mm
Native lowland forest.