Toxidia thyrrhus Mabille, 1891
Dusky Skipper
(erroneously : Telesto tyrrhus)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillars of this species feed on Grass ( POACEAE ).


Male
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The butterflies of this species are dark brown, with a number of small white spots. The males have a pale brown sex brand on the upper surface of each forewing.


Male underside
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

Underneath, the wings are a mottled grey with some indistinct white spots. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

This species occurs along the north-east coastal strip of

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, p 136.

    Paul Mabille,
    Description d'Hespérides Nouvelles,
    Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de Belgique,
    Volume 35, Part 16 (1891), p. lxxx.


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    (updated 28 July 2001)