Common Red-Eye or Eastern Dusk-Flat
(previously known as Netrocoryne beata)
PYRGINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
Peter R. Samson & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson, Cairns, Queensland)
The Caterpillars are green and covered in pale dots. The head is large, brown or yellowish, and divided into two by a dark vertial line.
The caterpillars live in leafy shelters by day. Initially these are constructed from a cut piece of leaf folded over to make a triangular pocket. Later instars join two leaves together with silk. The caterpillars feed nocturnally on various trees, including :
The pupa is green or brown with a white mark on each side outlined in black with brown markings at one end. it is typically formed in a curled leaf.
The adult butterflies are brown, with an irregular or broken white stripe across each forewing containing a brown dot. The hindwings may have two or three white dots on each one. The wingspan of the adults is about 5 cms.
The eggs of this species are spherical and ribbed and laid singly on a leaf of a foodplant.
This species occurs in edges of the upland rainforest along the coast of
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 65-66.
Frank Jordan & Helen Schwencke,
Create More Butterflies : a guide to 48 butterflies and their host-plants
Earthling Enterprises, Brisbane, 2005, pp. 17, 63, 67.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of New Australian Hesperiadae ,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 32 (1908), pp. 315-316.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 232.
(updated 30 September 2010, 22 September 2013, 26 January 2014)