Montane Ochre Skipper
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of E.D. Edwards, from "Butterflies of Australia" by M.F. Braby)
The Caterpillar of this species is pinkish-grey with black spots, and a dark brown head. It lives in a shelter constructed at the base of a foodplant, feeding nocturnally. It feeds on :
When fully grown, the Caterpillar pupates in its vertically shelter, head upward.
The adult butterfly is dark brown with a series of yellow and orange patches on each fore wing. The hind wings each have aa rectangular yellow patch. Underneath, the they are grey, with the same spots as on the upper surface, but with a dark brown patch and an orange streak under each fore wing, and half a dozen small white spots under each hind wing. The wing span is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in the mountains in:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 92-93.
Issue 73 (June 2014), p. 24,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Gustavus Athol Waterhouse,
Descriptions and notes of Australian Hesperidae, chiefly Victorian,
Volume 20, Part 4 (1903), p. 56.
(updated 13 June 2010, 3 January 2018, 6 June 2020)