Chequered Sedge Skipper
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of The Australian Museum)
This is a yellow Caterpillar with an orange thorax and tail, a dark line along the back, white lines along the sides, and a brown and black head. It feeds on Sword Grass species (CYPERACEAE) including:
The caterpillar constructs a shelter joining foodplant leaves with silk, where it rest by day, emerging to feed at night. It pupates within its shelter.
The adult butterfly has brown wings, with off-white spots on the forewings, and an orange patch on each hind wing. The adults have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The males have a black line acros most of each forewing.
The undersides of the wings are brown marbled with white markings.
The species is found in the
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 150-151.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Descriptions of new species of Australian Rhopalocera,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 25, Part 1 (1900) pp. 54-57, and also Plate 1, figs. 5-8.
(updated 28 July 2001, 27 September 2013)