Trapezites argenteoornatus (Hewitson, 1868)
Silver Spotted Skipper
(one synonym: Anisynta insula Waterhouse, 1932)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

These Caterpillars are cream colored with reddish brown stripes. The last segment has two black arcs. The head is gey with a black 'V' mark. The caterpillars hide by day in a silken shelter near the top of a foodplant, made by joining dead leaves and debris. The caterpillars feed noctunally on species in ASPARAGACEAE, including:

  • Acanthocarpus verticillatus,
  • Acanthocarpus preissii, and
  • Acanthocarpus robustus.

    The adults on top are brown with chequered wing edges. The forewings have several pale yellow spots, and the hindwings have one larger spot. Underneath, the forewings are half brown and half yellow, with orange spots. The hindwings underneath are yellow with several white spots each outlined in black. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 103-104.

    William Chapman Hewitson,
    Hesperidae,
    Descriptions of One Hundred new species of Hesperidae,
    London, Part 1 (1868), pp. 41-42, No. 4.


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    (updated 18 November 2009, 28 February 2017)