(one synonym : Hesperilla gracilis Tepper, 1882)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
These Caterpillars are greyish with a brown head and thorax, and have a dark line down the back, and a white line along each side. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms. They live in a shelter constructed from a folded leaf secured with silk. The caterpillars feed nocturnally on various grasses from the family POACEAE, including :
The adults are dark brown on top, with cream spots on each forewing. Underneath, they are brown with a pale area under each forewing costa, and white spots under each hindwing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
This species are found in :
as various races:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 115-116.
William Chapman Hewitson,
Cyclopides & Hesperilla,
Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies,
London, Volume 5 (1874), p. 121, No. 17, and also Plate 61, fig. 17.
(updated 25 July 2004, 22 September 2013)