(one synonym : Hesperilla satulla Mabille, 1891)
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
This Caterpillar is brown, with a black head. The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It lives by day in a shelter made of a folded leaf joined with silk, feeding at night. It has been found on various grasses ( POACEAE ) including
The caterpillar pupates in its leafy shelter.
The butterflies of this species are dark brown on top with three sets of pale spots on each forewing and a translucent set of spots on each hindwing.
The males have a short grey line near the centre of the upperside of each forewing.
Underneath: the wings are paler and the patterns are similar to those on the upper surfaces. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The eggs are initially white, and develop darker markings as hatching approaches. The eggs are hemispherical with ribs, and are laid singly on leaves of a foodplant.
The species is found
and in coastal paperbark swamps in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 127-128.
William Henry Miskin,
Descriptions of some new species of Australian Hesperidae,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 6, Part 4 (1889), pp. 150-151.
(updated 19 February 2010, 27 September 2013)