Banded Grass Skipper
(previously known as Telesto parvulus)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
The Caterpillars of this species are pale brown, sometimes with green and/or pink markings. The head is rough and black.
The caterpillars feed on various species of
They pupate in a curled leaf of a foodplant. The pupa is brown, and covered sparsely in stiff white hairs.
These adults are dark brown, with several white spots on each forewing, The males also have a pale grey sex brand edged in darker brown near the centre of each forewing.
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The undersides are similar to the the upper surfaces, but paler, and with a dark band across each hindwing. The butterflies have a wing span of about 2 cms.
egg, highly magnified
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Walker, Merimbula, New South Wales)
The eggs are off-white and shaped like a high dome with about a dozen ribs. As they approach hatching: the eggs develop pink markings. The eggs have a diameter of about 1 mm. They are laid singly on a leaf of a foodplant.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
(updated 2 April 2009, 29 September 2013, 5 June 2020, 15 September 2021)