(previously known as Hesperilla senta)
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Andy Young and Rowan Moore)
This Caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It is pinkish brown with a dark dorsal line and pale lateral lines. The head and thorax are black. The Caterpillar feeds at night on
resting by day in a shelter made from a folded leaf held with silk. The Caterpillar eventually pupates in the same shelter.
The adult butterflies are dark brown with white spots. Underneath is paler,and the spots are edged in dark brown. The males have a black line across part of each forewing. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.
The eggs are laid singly on the underside of a leaf of the base of a young foodplant, especially in regrowth areas after a fire.
The species occurs sporadically across the tropical north of Australia, including
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby, Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 125-126.
William Henry Miskin,
Synonymical catalogue of the Lepidoptera Rhopalocera (Butterflies) of Australia,
Annals of the Queensland Museum,
Volume 1 (1891), Supplement.
(updated 19 May 2006, 27 September 2013)