(one synonym : Anisyntoides jacchus)
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
The Caterpillar of this species is greyish brown with a dark dorsal line and a mottled head that has a black line down the middle.
The caterpillar feeds on various species of Mat-rush ( ASPARAGACEAE ) :
The caterpillar feeds nocturnally, living by day in a shelter made with leaves at the base of its foodplant.
The pupa is brown and naked.
The adult male and female butterflies are very similar. They are dark brown with a series of translucent white and yellow patches on each forewing. The hind wings each have a central broad yellow band.
Underneath, the forewings are orange with brown and white patches. The hindwings underneath are also orange with five white spots outlined in black. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p 108.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
Systema Entomologiae (1775), p. 533, No. 389.
(updated 19 March 2011, 26 September 2013)