White Banded Grass Dart
(previously known as Hesperia papyria)
HESPERIINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Edwin Vela, taken in Bega, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is green with a brown prothorax and head. It lives in a shelter made from blades of grass curled and joined with silk. It has been found feeding on many grasses from the Grass family ( POACEAE ) including:
as well as from the Sedge family ( CYPERACEAE ), including:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It pupates in its larval shelter.
The upper side of the adult butterfly is dark brown with a number of pale yellow spots and bands on each wing. Each wing also has a narrow white border. Underneath, the wings are fawn with white and pale yellow patches under each wing, and a yellow patch at the base of the costa of each forewing. The male has a thin black line halfway across each forewing. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The species is found in :
It exists as two races:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 199-200.
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Faune Entomologique de L'Ocean Pacifique,
in M.J. Dumont d'Urville: Voyage de Decouvertes de la Corvette l'Astrolabe,
Division 7, Part 1 : Lepidopteres (1832), p. 166.
(updated 10 January 2011, 22 September 2013)