Black and White Swift
(previously known as Hesperia caesina)
HESPERIINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Cairns, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is a translucent green colour, with a black line along the back. The head is black and brown. The Caterpillar is a rain-forest species, living by day in a shelter made from a cut and folded leaf of a foodplant. It feeds nocturnally on various species of Palms (ARECACEAE) such as :
The adult butterfly is dark brown, with an elongated white patch on each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The under sides are also dark brown, with white patches. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The species is found in
and the subspecies albifasciata Miskin, 1889, is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 234-235.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Descriptions of new Hesperidae,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1866, Series 3, Volume 2, Part 6, pp. 491-492, No. 15.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 231.
The life history of Sabera caesina albifascia (Miskin) (Lepidoptera:Hesperiidae:Hesperiinae),
Australian Entomological Magazine,
Volume 12 (1986), p. 6.
(updated 8 January 2012, 29 September 2013, 19 August 2020)