Neohesperilla senta (Miskin, 1891)
Senta Skipper
(previously known as Hesperilla senta)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Male
(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

  • Kangaroo Grass ( Themeda triandra, POACEAE ),

    resting by day in a shelter made from a folded leaf held with silk. The Caterpillar eventually pupates in the same shelter.


    Male underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Andy Young and Rowan Moore)

    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.


    Female
    (Photo: courtesy of Andy Young and Rowan Moore)

    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.


    Female underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Andy Young and Rowan Moore)

    The species occurs sporadically across the tropical north of Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    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.


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    (updated 19 May 2006, 27 September 2013)