Sabera caesina (Hewitson, 1866)
Black and White Swift
(previously known as Hesperia caesina)
HESPERIINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Sabera caesina
(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 ) :

  • Alexander Palm ( Archontophoenix alexandrae ),
  • Black Palm ( Normanbya normanbyi ), and
  • Lawyer Cane ( Calamus caryotoides ).

    Sabera caesina
    (Specimen: courtesy of The Australian Museum)

    The adult butterfly is dark brown, with an elongated white patch on each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Sabera caesina
    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of The Australian Museum)

    The under sides are also dark brown, with white patches. The wing span is about 3 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Indonesia, and in
  • New Guinea,

    and the subspecies albifasciata Miskin, 1889, is found in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    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.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 231.

    G.A. Wood,
    The life history of Sabera caesina albifascia (Miskin) (Lepidoptera:Hesperiidae:Hesperiinae),
    Australian Entomological Magazine,
    Volume 12 (1986), p. 6.


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    (updated 8 January 2012, 29 September 2013)