(one synonym : Telesto cyclospila Meyrick & Lower, 1902)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is yellowish with a pinkish prothorax, and a dark dorsal line. The head is hairy and dark brown with two pale bands. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 4 cms. It lives and feeds on various species of Sword Grass (CYPERACEAE) including :
The caterpillar creates a shelter from silk and leaves of the foodplant in which it rests by day, feeding nocturnally.
Pupation occurs in the shelter.
The adult butterfly is dark brown with several white spots on each forewing. The male has a black line (sex brand) half way across the top of each forewing. There is a yellow patch on each hindwing. Underneath: the forewings are half pale brown and half dark brown, with several pale yellow spots. The hindwings underneath are yellow with one separate outlined white spot near the base, and a subterminal arc of up to eight outlined white spots. The male wingspan is about 3.5 cms. The female is slightly larger.
Eggs are pale yellowish-green and are spheroidal with about 40 microscopic ribs, The eggs are laid singly on leaves of a foodplant.
The species may be found in small pockets in :
as several races including :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 156-158.
Edward Meyrick & Oswald B. Lower,
Revision of the Australian Hesperiadae,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 26, Part 2 (1902), pp. 59-60, No. 47.
(updated 25 July 2004, 16 June 2018, 26 August 2019, 28 May 2020)