Large Dingy Skipper
(erroneously : Hesperia peroni)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
Peter Samson & Stella Crossley
(Photo copyright: Peter Samson)
These Caterpillars can be either green or brown, with a black head, and a number of vague dark lines along the body. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3 cms. They feed on various monocotyledons, including :
The caterpillars construct a series of shelters by folding or joining leaves and securing them with silk. The caterpillars come out to feed at night, and rest by day in their shelter with the head upright, unlike some other Hesperiidae larvae. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 3 cms. The caterpillar pupates in the final shelter. The pupa is covered in a white waxy powder, and has a length of about 2 cms.
The adults are dark brown with a few white spots. The males also have black and white streaks on the forewings. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are laid singly on the underside of a food-plant leaf or nearby. The egs are hemi-spherical, with a diameter of about 1 mm. Initially they are cream coloured, later developing pink markings.
The species is found in :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p 138.
Life history notes on the Dingy Grass-skipper, Toxidia peron (Latreille, ) Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae,
Issue 89 (June 2018), pp. 18-21,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Pierre André Latreille,
Histoire Naturelle: Entomologie,
Volume 9, Part 2 (1824), p. 763.
(updated 19 March 2011, 29 September 2013, 8 Decemeber 2015, 17 March 2019, 6 June 2020)