(previously known as Ismene doleschallii)
COELIADINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
The Caterpillars of this species grow to a length of about 3 cms. The are crean with orange transverse bands along the abdomen, a black band across the thorax, a white tail, and an orange head. They feed on :
Each caterpillar constructs a shelter by cutting out a semicircular piece of leaf and attaching it with silk. They feed on leaves, including the inside of their shelter until it looks like a colander. They then construct a larger shelter, living there until that is eaten through, and so on. They pupate inside their last shelter.
The adults of this species are black with a metallic green sheen toward the base of each wing. The undersides are similar with white spots. The legs are orange. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species is found as various subspecies across the west Pacific, including
including the subspecies doleschallii on the north-east Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 76-77.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboinensium a Dre. L. Doleschall annis 1856-58 collectorum species novae,
in G.R. Frauenfeld (ed.) Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien,
Volume 40, Part 11 (1860), pp. 460-461, No. 48.
(updated 1 November 2001, 22 September 2013)