(previously known as Pamphila lascivia)
HESPERIINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is pale green with dark narrow stripes. The head is brown with dark markings. The caterpillar lives by day in a vertical shelter formed by joining foodplanrt leaves with silk. At night it emerges to feed, being found on various grasses (POACEAE) including :
It grows to a length of about 2.5 cms. It pupates in its shelter.
The upper side of the adult butterfly is dark brown with yellow bands across each wing. The males have a black patch in middle of each forewing. Underneath, the wings are fawn with a pale patch under each wing, and large dark patch under each forewing. The wing span is about 2 cms.
The eggs are cream with red markings, and are laid singly on leaves of a foodplant.
The species is found in
and in mainland Australia as several races including
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 209-210.
Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), pp. 378-379, and also Plate 11, fig. 1.
(updated 25 July 2004, 29 September 2013)