(previously known as Telesto melania)
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is a purplish-fawn colour with yellow lines, and a brown head. It lives in a shelter by day, constructed by rolling a leaf into a tube or joining several leaves together. At dusk and near dawn, it feeds on various Grasses ( POACEAE ).
The adults on top are dark brown. On each forewing, the females have two white spots, and the males have a white edged black sex brand.
Underneath, the forewings each have a small white spot near the centre, an the hindwings have several arcs of pale spots.
The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
They occur in the tropical rainforests of t
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p 135.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Descriptions and notes of Australian Hesperidae, chiefly Victorian,
Volume 20, Part 4 (1903), p. 54.
(written 4 November 2001, 29 september 2013)