Lilac Grass Skipper
(one synonym : Telesto leachii C. Felder, 1862)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is greenish pink, with a dark dorsal line. The head is brown with indistinct markings. It feeds at night on various species of Grass ( POACEAE ), and rests by day in a shelter constructed from a curled leaf held with silk.
The adult butterfly is dark brown with some white spots on each forewing, including a short white bar on the termen near the tip.
The male has a yellow patch on each hind wing, and a grey line across part of the upper surface of each forewing. Underneath, the wings of the male are fawn coloured, with white and yellow patches under the fore wings, and dark markings under each hindwing. The female underneath is reddish brown with white and yellow patches under the forewings and a white bar across each hindwing. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The species may be found in the mountains and on the coastal plain of the east coast of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 131-132.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Verzeichniss der von den Naturforschern der k. k. Fregatte Novara gesammelten Macropepidoteren,
Verhandlungen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien,
Volume 12, Parts 1/2 (1862), p. 491.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 231.
(updated 20 March 2011, 2 October 2013)