HESPERIIDAE in Australia
Darters and Skippers
HESPERIOIDEA
    
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

HESPERIIDAE

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HESPERIIDAE

caterpillars
    
HESPERIIDAE

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HESPERIIDAE

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HESPERIIDAE

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The scientific name for this family was possibly named after Hesperis, the Ancient Greek name for Venus the Evening Star, or perhaps more likely: the Hesperides, the nymphs who were daughters of Atlas and Hesperis, who were the guardians of the golden apples (three of which were stolen by Hercules as one of the Labours of Hercules), in Ancient Greek legend.

The common names of the subfamilies are derived from the adults not the Caterpillars, so "Skipper" and "Darter" describe the characteristic way in which these butterflies flit from flower to flower when feeding.

The 124 named Australian species of HESPERIIDAE are:

Allora doleschallii : Peacock Awl
Allora major : Greater Peacock Awl

Anisynta cynone : Mottled Grass-Skipper
Anisynta dominula : Two-brand Grass-Skipper
Anisynta monticolae : Mountain Skipper
Anisynta sphenosema : Wedge Skipper
Anisynta tillyardi : Chequered Grass-Skipper

Antipodia atralba : Diamond Sand-Skipper
Antipodia chaostola : Heath Sand-Skipper
Antipodia dactyliota : Western Sand-Skipper

Arrhenes dschilus : Scrub Darter
Arrhenes marnas : Swamp Darter

Badamia exclamationis : Brown Awl

Borbo cinnara : Rice Swift
Borbo impar : Yellow Swift

Carcharodus baeticus : Horehound Skipper

Cephrenes augiades : Orange Palm-Dart
Cephrenes trichopepla : Yellow Palm-Dart

Chaetocneme beata : Common Redeye
Chaetocneme critomedia : Banded Redeye
Chaetocneme denitza : Rare Redeye
Chaetocneme porphyropis : Purple Redeye

Croitana aestiva : Desert Skipper
Croitana arenaria : Inland Sand Skipper
Croitana croites : Yellow Sand Skipper

Dispar compacta : Barred Skipper

Euschemon rafflesia : Regent Skipper

Exometoeca nycteris : Western Flat

Hasora celaenus : Maluku Awl
Hasora chromus : Chrome Awl
Hasora discolor : Green Awl
Hasora hurama : Broad Banded Awl
Hasora khoda : Large Banded Awl

Herimosa albovenata : White-veined Skipper

Hesperilla bifasciata : Rare Skipper
Hesperilla chrysotricha : Golden-haired Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla crypsargyra : Silver Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla crypsigramma : Small Dingy Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla donnysa : Varied Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla flavescens : Yellow Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla furva : Grey Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla idothea : Flame Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla malindeva : Two-spotted Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla mastersi : Chequered Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla ornata : Spotted Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla picta : Painted Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla sarnia : Swift Sedge-Skipper
Hesperilla sexguttata : Six-spot Sedge-Skipper

Mesodina aeluropis : Montane Iris-Skipper
Mesodina cyanophracta : Blue Iris-Skipper
Mesodina gracillima : Northern Iris Skipper
Mesodina halyzia : Eastern Iris-Skipper
Mesodina hayi : Small Iris -Skipper

Mimene atropatene : Purple Swift

Motasingha dirphia : Western Brown-Skipper
Motasingha trimaculata : Large Brown-Skipper

Neohesperilla crocea : Narrow-brand Grass-Skipper
Neohesperilla senta : Spotted Grass-Skipper
Neohesperilla xanthomera : Yellow Grass-Skipper
Neohesperilla xiphiphora : Sword-brand Grass-Skipper

Netrocoryne repanda : Eastern Flat

Notocrypta waigensis : Banded Demon

Ocybadistes ardea : Dark Orange Dart
Ocybadistes flavovittata : Common Dart
Ocybadistes hypomeloma : Pale Orange Dart
Ocybadistes knightorum : Black Grass Dart
Ocybadistes walkeri : Yellow Banded Dart

Oriens augustula : August Dart

Oreisplanus munionga : Alpine Skipper
Oreisplanus perornata : Mountain Spotted Skipper

Parnara amalia : Hyaline Swift
Parnara bada : Grey Swift

Pasma tasmanicus : Two-spotted Grass-Skipper

Pelopidas agna : Dingy Swift
Pelopidas lyelli : Lyell's Swift

Proeidosa polysema : Spinifex Sand-Skipper

  • Pseudoborbo bevani : Lesser Rice Swift

    Rachelia extrusus

    Sabera caesina : Black & White Swift
    Sabera dobboe : Miskin's Swift
    Sabera fuliginosa : White Fringed Swift

    Signeta flammeata : Bright Shield-Skipper
    Signeta tymbophora : Dingy Shield-Skipper

    Suniana lascivia : Dingy Dart
    Suniana sunias : Orange Dart

    Tagiades japetus : Black & White Flat

  • Tagiades nestus

    Taractrocera anisomorpha : Orange Grass-Dart
    Taractrocera dolon : Dingy Grass-Dart
    Taractrocera ilia : Northern Grass-Dart
    Taractrocera ina : No-Brand Grass-Dart
    Taractrocera papyria : White Grass-Dart

    Telicota ancilla : Greenish Darter
    Telicota anisodesma : Large Darter
    Telicota augias : Bright-orange Darter
    Telicota brachydesma : Small Darter
    Telicota colon : Pale Grass Dart
    Telicota eurotas : Dingy Darter
    Telicota eurychlora : Southern Darter
    Telicota mesoptis : Lower's Darter
    Telicota ohara : Dark Darter

    Toxidia andersoni : Anderson's Grass-Skipper
    Toxidia doubledayi : Doubleday's Grass-Skipper
    Toxidia inornatus : Spotless Grass Skipper
    Toxidia melania : Black Grass-Skipper
    Toxidia parvulus : Parvula Grass-Skipper
    Toxidia peron : Large Dingy Grass-Skipper
    Toxidia rietmanni : White-Brand Grass-Skipper
    Toxidia thyrrhus : Dusky Grass-Skipper

    Trapezites argenteoornatus : Silver Spotted Ochre
    Trapezites eliena : Orange Ochre
    Trapezites heteromacula : Orange White-spot Skipper
    Trapezites iacchoides : Silver-studded Ochre
    Trapezites iacchus : Brown Ochre
    Trapezites lutea : Rare White-spot Ochre
    Trapezites macqueeni : Bronze Ochre
    Trapezites maheta : Northern Silver Ochre
    Trapezites petalia : Black-ringed Ochre
    Trapezites phigalia : Heath Ochre
    Trapezites phigaliodes : Montane Ochre
    Trapezites praxedes : Southern Silver Ochre
    Trapezites sciron : Mallee Ochre
    Trapezites symmomus : Splendid Ochre
    Trapezites taori : Sandstone Ochre
    Trapezites waterhousei : Mottled Ochre

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    (updated 26 November 2010, 3 October 2018)