(one synonym: Telesto uniformis Swinhoe, 1905)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(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 :
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
and in Australia in
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.
(written 18 June 2002, 2 October 2013)