Southern Marbled Skipper
(erroneously known as Carcharodus boeticus)
PYRGINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Roberto Villa)
This Caterpillar is much sought after, as it feeds on the poisonous weed :
although it also feeds on other plants in the same family, including :
The butterflies are brown with grey markings on the forewings, and white spots on both fore and hind wings. The butterflies have wingspans of 1.2 to 1.4 cms.
The species originates from around the Mediterranean, occurring for example in :
The species was imported into Australia in order to control Horehound, but failed to breed here successfully in quarantine, so was never released.
Further reading :
Faune Entomologique de l'Andalusie,
Volume 2, Part 4 (1840), Plate 12, figs. 3-4.
(updated 26 February 2010, 22 September 2013)