TRAPEZITINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy David Johnston)
The eggs of this species are laid singly on leaves of a food plant. They are white with brown markings, and are hemispherical with vertical ridges. They have a diameter of about 1/2 mm.
The Caterpillar is smooth and pale brown with faint longitudinal banding It has a large dark head with an inverted 'Y' mark on it. During the daytime, the caterpillar hides in a leaf shelter near the base of its food plant, and feeds nocturnally on various species of Mat-Rush ( ASPARAGACEAE ) :
and grows to a length of about 4 cms.
The caterpillar pupates in its leaf shelter.
The adult butterfly is brown, with a few white and yellow markings on the wings. It has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The species is found mainly along the eastern side of mainland Australia as several subspecies, including :
The species is considered to be endangered
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 112-113.
Frank Jordan & Helen Schwencke,
Create More Butterflies : a guide to 48 butterflies and their host-plants
Earthling Enterprises, Brisbane, 2005, pp. 42, 64.
Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmettlinge,
Volume 1 (1817), p. 10, No. 113, and also Plate 40, Figs. 225, 226.
(updated 9 December 2009, 1 October 2013)