Telicota eurotas (C. Felder 1860)
Sedge Darter
(previously known as Pamphila eurotas)
HESPERIINAE,   HESPERIIDAE,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Telicota eurotas
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Lagerwey, Mareeba, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is translucent pale blue, green, and yellow, with a dark 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 :

  • Creek Carex ( Carex polyantha ),
  • Leafy Twig-rush ( Cladium procerum ),
  • Hairy Nutrush ( Scleria ciliaris ),
  • Common Nutrush ( Scleria polycarpa ), and
  • Sumatran Nutrush ( Scleria sumatrensis ).

    Telicota eurotas
    (Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)

    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.

    Telicota eurotas
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Museums Victoria)

    Various races of this species are found on

  • New Guinea and adjacent islands.

    In Australia, the races of this species recognised include :

  • laconia Waterhouse, 1937, in north Queensland, and
  • eurotas in southern Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.

    Telicota eurotas
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Museums Victoria)


    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.

    Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
    On a new species of Heronympha and a new variety of Tisiphone abeona,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 62, Part 1 (1937), p. 34.


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    (updated 17 July 2007, 2 October 2013, 5 June 2020)