(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 non-tropical eastern seaboard of mainland Australia, and in the adjacent mountain ranges, as two subspecies :
The eggs are white and laid singly on the underside of a leaf 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)