(previously known as Pamphila eurotas)
HESPERIINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is translucent pale blue and yellow, with a brown head, and a hairy tail having two black stripes. It lives in a shelter made from foodplant leaves joined with silk, and grows to a length of about 3 cms. It feeds on various Sedges ( CYPERACEAE ), including :
The upper surface of the adult butterfly is brown with yellow markings. The males have a grey patch on each forewing. Underneath, the wings are a paler brown, and only the forewings have yellow markings. The wing span is about 3 cms.
Various races of this species are found on
In Australia, the races of this species recognised include :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 216-219, and pp. 219-220..
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), p. 461, No. 52.
(updated 17 July 2007, 2 October 2013)