Neohesperilla croceus (Miskin, 1889)
Crocea Skipper
(one synonym : Hesperilla satulla Mabille, 1891)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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

  • Golden Beard Grass ( Chrysopogon aciculatus ), and
  • Thick Bluestem ( Schizachyrium pachyarthron ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    The caterpillar pupates in its leafy shelter.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    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.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    The males have a short grey line near the centre of the upperside of each forewing.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    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.


    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    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

  • New Guinea,

    and in coastal paperbark swamps in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    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.


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    (updated 19 February 2010, 27 September 2013)