Anisynta monticolae (Olliff, 1890)
Mountain Skipper
(previously known as Hesperilla monticolae)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Anisynta monticolae
male
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar is greyish-green, with dark line along the back and along each side. The head is brown edged with black. The Caterpillar feeds nocturnally on

  • Tussock grasses ( POACEAE ).

    By day it rests in a shelter of silk and leaves at the base of the foodplant.

    Pupation occurs in the shelter. The pupa is brown, secured head upward by cremaster and girdle. It is covered in a white waxy powder.

    The upper side of the adult butterfly is dark brown with a number of pale yellow spots on each wing. Each wing also has a chequered border.

    Anisynta monticolae
    male, underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Museum Victoria)

    Underneath, the wings are fawn with pale yellow patches under each wing. The males have a sex brand consisting of a grey line across part of each forewing. The wing span is just over 2 cms.

    The species is found in the mountains of

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 118-119.

    Arthur Sidney Olliff,
    On Rhopalocera from Mt. Kosciusko, New South Wales,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4, Part 3 (1890), p. 624, No. 19.


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    (updated 30 April 2008, 29 September 2013)