Western Sand Skipper
(previously known as : Telesto dactyliota)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is green with white lines along the body. The head is rough and brown. The caterpillar rests by day head downward in a shelter made of twisted leaves of its foodplant, which has the opening at the bottom. The caterpillar has been found feeding on :
The adult butterfly is dark brown with several white spots on each forewing. There is a large suffused pale yellow patch on each hindwing. The males have a large black mark on the top of each forewing. Underneath, the forewings are black with a grey wingtip, a pale yellow costa, and several white spots. The hind wings underneath are grey with arcs of dark outlined spots. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The species has been described as being composed of several races in small areas of Western Australia :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 171-172.
Descriptions of new Australian Rhopalocera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 2, Volume 2 (1888), p. 831.
(written 3 September 2001, 26 September 2013)