(previously known as Telesto crypsargyra)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is green with longitudinal white stripes.
It feeds on plants in CYPERACEAE including:
The pupa is brown and covered in a waxy white powder.
The adult butterfly has brown wings, with off-white spots on the fore wings, and an orange stripe across each hind wing. The males have a sex-brand that is a black line across part of each fore wing The adults have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The undersides of the wings are brown with white markings.
The species is found in the mountain areas of south east Australia, including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 148-149.
Descriptions of new Australian Rhopalocera.,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), pp. 829-830.
(updated 28 July 2001, 22 September 2013)