White Brand Skipper
(previously known as Telesto rietmanni)
TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
This Caterpillar is brown with a pinkish or greenish tinge between segments, and some obscure darker lines along the body. The head is a mottled dark brown. The caterpillar makes a tubular shelter by joining leaves with silk, in which it rests by day. At night, it emerges to feed on a number of grasses (POACEAE), including:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It pupates in the surface debris on the ground.
The adult butterfly of this species has brown wings, with two or three white splotches on each forewing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The male butterfly has a sex brand consisting of a white zigzag line outlined in black on each forewing.
Two main races of this species are found along the east coast of Australia :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 132-133.
Beitrag zur Rhopalocerenfauna von Australien,
Journal des Museum Godeffroy,
Volume 5, Heft 14 (1879) p. 187, No. 171.
(updated 2 May 2008, 29 September 2013)