Signeta tymbophora (Meyrick & Lower, 1902)
Dingy Shield Skipper
(previously known as Telesto tymbophora)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is fawn coloured with green between the segments, and dark lines along the body. It grows to a length of about 2 cms. It has been found feeding on various sedges in the family CYPERACEAE, including :

  • Hubbard's Sedge ( Carex hubbardii ), and
  • Red Fruit Saw Sedge ( Gahnia sieberiana ).

    It feeds at dusk, resting by day in a shelter made by rolling and joing leaves together with silk at the base of a foodplant.


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

    This adult male butterfly has dark brown forewings and with a dark splodge in the middle. The female forewings also have a number of white spots. The hind wings of both sexes are plain dark brown.


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

    The undersides are paler versions of the upper surfaces. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The eggs are white, and develop pink markings. They are laid on leaf litter near a tussock of a foodplant.

    The species is found in

  • southern Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 140-141.

    Edward Meyrick & Oswald B. Lower,
    Revision of the Australian Hesperiadae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26, Part 2 (1902), pp. 70-71, No. 27.


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    (updated 28 July 2000 29 September 2013)