(previously known as Hesperia ornata)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
Peter R. Samson & Stella Crossley
(Photo copyright: Peter Samson)
This is a smooth pale green Caterpillar with stripes along the body, and a pink tinge on the last two segments. It has a brown head with a black mark down the middle. It lives in a tubular shelter made by joining leaves of its foodplant together with silk.
It feeds on a variety of plants from the genera :
both of CYPERACEAE .
The caterpillar lives in its shelter by day and feeds nocturnally, growing to a length of about 3 cms.
It pupates in its tubular shelter. The pupa has a length of about 2.5 cms.
The adult butterfly has brown wings, with white spots on the forewings, and orange marks on the hind wings. The adults have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The undersides of the wings are white with black markings. The underside of the body has black and white stripes.
The species is found along the eastern seaboard of mainland Australia, and in the adjacent mountain ranges, as two subspecies :
Eggs are pale yellowish and are dome-shaped with about 30 microscopic ribs. As hatching approaches, patches of other colours develop. The eggs have a diameter of about 1 mm. The eggs are laid singly on leaves of a foodplant.
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 146-147.
William Elford Leach,
Volume 1 (1814) p. 126, and also Plate 55, Figs 1,2,6..
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 226.
(updated 24 December 2009, 27 September 2013, 28 May 2020, 13 September 2021)