(previously known as Hesperia ohara)
HESPERIINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
This Caterpillar is green with a dark dorsal line and a brown head. It grows to a length of about 4 cms. It constructs a shelter from a rolled leaf in which it hides by day. At night it emerges to feed on the base of the leaves around the shelter. It feeds on a variety of monocotyledons, including:
The adults are brown, with orange patches. The males have a grey patch on each forewing. The undersides of the forewings are similar, but the hindwings are a more uniform brown underneath. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
The eggs are cream, changing to orange. They are laid singly of the tips of foodplant leaves.
This species occurs as various subspecies over much of south-east Asia, from India to the Philippines, including
and also the coastal plains of north-east Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby, Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 223-224.
Die Hesperiinen-Gattung Apaustus Hüb., und ihre Arten,
Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung,
Volume 44, Parts 4-6 (1883), p. 226, No. 488.
(updated 25 October 2009, 29 September 2013)