(previously known as Hesperia picta)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
Peter R. Samson & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Todd Burrows, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is green with a series of dark and pale stripes along the body. The head is brown with a darker stripe down the middle. The Caterpillar lives alone in a loose shelter made by joining foodplant leaves with silk, and grows to a length of about 4 cms.
The Caterpillar feeds nocturnally on :
The caterpillar pupates in its larval shelter. The pupa is basically white, with a brown covering over the developing proboscis and eyes.
The adult butterflies are dark brown, with yellow markings on the wing upper surfaces.
The undersides are marbled dark brown and white. The male butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The females are slightly larger.
The eggs are yellow and laid singly on the underside of a leaf of a foodplant.
This species occurs in eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 147-148.
William Elford Leach,
Volume 1 (1814) p. 126, and also Plate 55, Figs 4, 5..
(updated 1 October 2010 27 September 2013)