Blue Wanderer (species: Tirumala hamata) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Tirumala hamata
Blue Wanderer

©Marianne Pearce: Tirumala hamata at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Tirumala hamata at Lizard Island.

©Marianne Pearce: Many Tirumala hamata resting in trees behind Watson's Bay beach, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Lepidoptera
Family Nymphalidae
Genus Tirumala
Species Tirumala hamata



Distinguishing features

Wings black with bright blue markings; head black with small white spots.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


  • Up to 7 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution


These butterflies make mass migrations in some years. One such migration passed through Lizard Island in May 2019. A huge number of individuals were present in most forested areas.

Web resources


  • Lachlan, R.B. (2003). An annotated list of the hawk moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) of Lizard Island, Queensland, Australian Entomologist, 30: 1-3. LIRS catalog number 792.