(previously known as Pamphila dobboe)
HESPERIINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is pale green with dark lines along the back, and a dark brown head. It lives in a tubular shelter made in a curled leaf of its food plant. It feeds on various members of the family ASPARAGACEAE :
The Caterpillar pupates within its tubular shelter. The pupa has a length of about 2 cms.
The upper surface of the adult butterfly is brown, with orange patches.
The undersides are brown, with a white patch on each forewing. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The eggs are laid on the underside of leaves of the food plant. They are white with vertical ribs.
The species is also found as various subspecies in
and as the subspecies autoleon Miskin, 1889, along the tropical coast north-east coast of Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 235-236.
Neue Hesperiides Insichen Archipels und Ost-africa's aus Collection des Herrn H. Ribbe,
Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift,
Volume 29, Parts 2 (1885), pp. 227-228, No. 16.
(updated 6 July 2009, 29 September 2013)