(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 fore wing. The male has a black line (sex brand) half way across the top of each fore wing. There is a yellow patch on each hind wing. Underneath, the fore wings are half pale brown and half dark brown, with several pale yellow spots. The hind wings underneath are yellow with one separate outlined white spot near the base, and an arc of about eight subterminal outlined white spots. The male wing span is about 3.5 cms. The female is slightly larger.
Eggs are pale green, and 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, 21 September 2013)