Toxidia inornatus (Butler, 1883)
Spotless Skipper
(one synonym: Telesto uniformis Swinhoe, 1905)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

This Caterpillar is a translucent pinkish green, with obscure linear markings. The head is black with a white line down each side. The caterpillar lives in the debris at the foot of its foodplant or in a shelter of leaves joined with silk. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It feeds on various grasses ( POACEAE ), including :

  • Fine Armgrass ( Brachiaria reptans ).

    The butterflies of this species are dark brown all over, with a purple suffusion on both the upper and under surfaces of the wings. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. The males have a black line across part of the upper surface of each forewing.

    The species is found in

  • Papua,

    and in Australia in

  • north Queensland, and adjacent islands.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p 134.

    Arthur G. Butler,
    Descriptions of some new species of diurnal Lepidoptera,
    The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 5, Volume 11 (1883), p. 424, No. 87.


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    (written 18 June 2002, 2 October 2013)