Dingy Shield Skipper
(previously known as Telesto tymbophora)
TRAPEZITINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
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 :
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.
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.
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
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.
(updated 28 July 2000 29 September 2013)