Hesperilla crypsigramma (Meyrick & Lower, 1902)
Small Dingy Skipper
(previously known as Telesto crypsigramma)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)

These Caterpillars are purple fading to pink at each end. They have obscure markings along the body and a brown head. They feed nocturnally, and by day live in a shelter constructed from foodplant leaves and silk. They are known to feed on sedges ( CYPERACEAE) including :

  • Mackay Scleria ( Scleria mackaviensis ) and
  • Razor Grass ( Scleria sphacelata ).

    The adult butterflies on top are dark brown, with a number of pale yellow spots on the forewings. The males additionally have a broad black patch on each forewing. There may be a variable orange arc on each hindwing. The undersides are similar to the upper surfaces but paler, and the males have no sex brand underneath. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    The butterflies may be found in open eucalypt forest, often settling on bare open ground. The males also frequent hill-tops.

    This species occurs in local areas of

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 163-164.

    Edward Meyrick & Oswald B. Lower,
    Revision of the Australian Hesperiadae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26, Part 2 (1902), pp. 81-82, No. 38.


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    (updated 3 July 2007, 22 September 2013)