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.
They feed on Grass ( POACEAE ).
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.
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.
The eggs are hemispherical and white. They are laid singly on a leaf of a foodplant. As they approach hatching, the eggs develop pink markings.
The species occurs in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p 137.
Life History Notes on the Banded Grass Skipper, Toxidia parvulus (Plotz, 1884) Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae,
Issue 55 (December 2009), pp. 17-19,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Die Hesperiinen-Gattung Telesto Hüb., und ihre Arten,
Stettiner Entomologische Zeitung,
Volume 45, Parts 10-12 (1884), pp. 379-380, No. 11.
(updated 2 April 2009, 29 September 2013)