Inland Grass Skipper
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Roger Grund, Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc.)
This Caterpillar is brown with a dark dorsal line, and paler lines along the sides. It feeds on various species of Grass :
all of POACEAE. It makes a shelter from a rolled leaf of the foodplant, with the opening at the bottom,in which it rests head down. It pupates in the shelter, also head down.
The adult butterfly is dark brown with a series of yellow spots on each forewing, and a yellow patch on each hindwing. Underneath, the pattern is similar but paler. All the wings are edged with a border of white spots. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 179-180.
Two new species of Croitana Waterhouse (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) from central Australia,
Australian Entomological Magazine,
Volume 6, Part 2 (1979), p. 34, figs 1-4, 15, 16.
(updated 12 August 2001, 21 September 2013)