(previously known as Apaustus dschilus)
HESPERIINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
Thes Caterpillars are bluish green with an olive green dorsal stripe, a pale brown head, and two black spots on the tail. The Caterpillars feed on :
all of the family POACEAE.
The butterflies of this species are brown with orange markings. The males have a black mark on the upper surface of each forewing. They have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
Various subspecies occur in
The subspecies iris (Waterhouse, 1932) occurs in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 214-215.
Neue Hesperiides Insichen Archipels und Ost-africa's aus Collection des Herrn H. Ribbe,
Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift,
Volume 29, Parts 2 (1885), p. 229, No. 36.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Australian Hesperiidae II, Notes and descriptions of new forms,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 57 (1932), pp. 234-235.
(updated 7 February 2010, 22 September 2013)