Hesperilla malindeva Lower, 1911
Two-spotted Sedge Skipper
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hesperilla malindeva
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

The caterpillars of this species are purplish-green, with a dark dorsal line and a brown head. They have been found feeding on :

  • Rough Sawsedge ( Gahnia aspera, CYPERACEAE ).

    They make a shelter by rolling leaves of the foodplant into a tube, in which they live by day. They emerge to feed at night.

    Hesperilla malindeva
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    They pupate in their shelter. The pupa has a length of about 2 cms.

    Hesperilla malindeva
    female
    (Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

    The adults are dark brown on top with large pale yellow spots on the forewings. The males have two such spots and also have a black line in the middle of each forewing. The females have three spots and no black line. Underneath, the wings are similar except that both sexes has two black spots under each hindwing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The eggs are white and laid singly on the underside of leaves of a foodplant.

    This species occurs in:

  • northern New South Wales and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 158-159.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Revision of the Australian Hesperiadae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 35 (1911), pp. 129-130, No. 29.


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    (updated 15 June 2009)