Trapezites macqueeni Kerr & Sands, 1970
Bronze Ochre
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)

The Caterpillar of this species is pinkish-brown, with a grey dorsal line, and a roughened dark brown head. It feeds nocturnally on :

  • Mat Rush ( Lomandra filiformis, ASPARAGACEAE ),

    residing by day in a silken shelter made by joining leaves together with silk at the base of its foodplant. There is usually only one caterpillar per plant.

    The male butterflies of this species are brown with small diffuse orange markings. The females are also brown, but have five orange spots on each forewing. Both sexes have wingspans of about 3 cms.

    The eggs are cream and dome-shaped. They are laid singly at the base of the leaves of a foodplant.

    This species is found in

  • Queensland, in the hills away from the coast.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 106.

    J.F.R. Kerr & Donald Peter Andrew Sands,
    A new species of Trapezites Hübner (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) from North Queensland,
    Journal of the Australian Entomological Society,
    Volume 9, Part 1 (1970) p.23.


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    (updated 18 November 2009, 2 March 2017)