(previously known as Papilio augias)
HESPERIINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is green with a brown head and a faint line along the back The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 3cms. It feeds on :
The Caterpillar constructs a shelter out of leaves joined with silk, resting head downward in this by day, emerging to feed at night. The shelter is often constructed near the tip of the leaf on which it feeds, leaving only the midrib to support the shelter.
The butterflies of this species are brown with orange markings. The undersides are paler. The males have a long grey patch of the top of each forewing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
This species as seven subspecies across south-east Asia, including:
Two more subspecies have been recognised in Australia:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 226-227.
Volume 6 (1763), p. 410, No. 80.
(updated 25 October 2009)