Hesperilla bifasciata Tepper, 1882
Rare Skipper
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Johann Tepper,
The Papilionidae of South Australia,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 4 (1882), Plate II, fig. 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

Little is known about this species, except that Tepper originally described it from a single specimen caught in 1882 in

  • South Australia.



    underside, drawing by Johann Tepper,
    The Papilionidae of South Australia,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 4 (1882), Plate II, fig. 4,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    It has been suggested that the specimen is actually Taractrocera flavovittata, but that has been disputed. If it is a different species, it is likely now to be extinct.


    Further reading :

    Johann Gottlieb Otto Tepper,
    The Papilionidae of South Australia,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 4 (1882), p. 32, and also Plate 2, fig. 4.


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    (written 9 November 2001, updated 30 September 2013, 31 May 2015)