Telicota brachydesma Lower, 1908
Small Darter
HESPERIINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Telicota brachydesma
(Photo: by P.S. Valentine and S.J. Johnson, courtesy of The Australian Entomologist)

These caterpillars are a jungle species, and have been found feeding on :

  • Banks' Grass ( Leptaspis banksii, POACEAE ).

    Telicota brachydesma
    (Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)

    The butterflies are brown with a broad orange stripe across each wing. The males also have a black stripe on the upper suface of each forewing alongside the orange one. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    The species occurs along the coast of

  • north Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p. 229.

    P.S. Valentine and S.J. Johnson,
    The life history of Telicota brachydesma Lower (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae).
    Australian Entomologist, Volume 27, Number 4 (2000), pp. 103-108.


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    (updated 8 February 2009, 6 October 2013)