Taractrocera dolon (Plötz, 1884)
Sandy Grass Dart
(previously known as Apaustus dolon)
HESPERIINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)

These caterpillars have beeen found feeding on

  • Wild Sorghum ( Sorghum verticilliflorum, POACEAE ).

    The adult butterflies are brown, with orange patches. The undersides of the wings are a patchy orange with the same pattern of spots as on the top surfaces, only less pronounced. The males have a grey patch on the upper surface of each forewing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan)

    This species occurs as the subspecies :

    diomedes Waterhouse, 1933, in the
  • Northen Territory,
  • and dolon in
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

  • Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 197-198.

    Carl Plötz,
    Die Hesperiinen-Gattung Apaustus Hüb., und ihre Arten,
    Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung,
    Volume 45, Parts 4-6 (1884), p. 165, No. 59.


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    (updated 19 March 2011, 6 October 2013)