Oriens augustula (Herrich-Schaffer, 1869)
Fiji Grass Dart
(previously known as : Pamphila augustula)
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)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on grass ( POACEAE ).

The butterflies are dark brown with orange markings. The undersides are pale rusty brown with orange markings. The males are similar to the females, and have no sex brand. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

It has been found in :

  • Fiji,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Gottlieb August Wilhelm Herrich-Schäffer,
    Neue Schmetterlinge aus dem "Museum Godeffroy" in Hamburg,
    Stettin Entomologische Zeitung,
    Volume 30, Parts 1-3 (1869), p. 79, No. 58.


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    (updated 20 May 2007, 2 March 2017)