(previously known as: Pterygospidea nestus)
PYRGINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Mehd Halaouate Photography, Papua)
The Caterpillars of this species are off-white and are covered in small white spots. There are two larger white spots on the back of the 9th abdominal segment, and the head is black and heart-shaped. The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on the leaves of:
The caterpillars nibble pieces out of the margins of the leaves leaving characteristic scalloped edges to the foliage. The caterpillars live in shelters composed of pairs of such leaves joined with silk.
The adult butterflies have black or dark brown forewings each with a series of white spots, and hindwings that fade from black or dark brown to white on the hind-margin, each with several dark spots. The underside is nearly identical to the upper surface. The wing span is about 4 cms.
This species is found as various races in
and as the race korela Mabille, 1891, in Australia on
Further reading :
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), p. 461, No. 50.
Description d'Hespérides Nouvelles,
Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de Belgique,
Volume 35, Part 16 (1891), p. lxxii.
Peter S. Valentine and Stephen J. Johnson,
The rediscovery of Tagiades nestus (C. Felder) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Pyrginae) in Australia,
Volume 32 (2005), Part 4, pp. 155-156.
(updated 27 August 2006, 15 September 2017, 3 June 2020)