(one synonym : Plesioneura proserpine Butler, 1883)
HESPERIINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney, New South Wales)
The Caterpillar of this species is long, thin, and pale green, with a brown head. It feeds on various plants in ZINGIBERACEAE, including:
It lives in a tube made out of a rolled leaf joined by silk at the edges.
It pupates in its tubular shelter.
The adult butterfly is black with a broad white band across each forewing, and a few white dots near the forewing wingtips. The wing undersurfaces are similar to the upper surfaces. The wing span is about 4 cms.
The species is found in
and also in Australia in
The butterfly bears a remarkable similarity to some of the (unrelated) day-flying Arctiid moths, for example:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 192-193.
Einige Hesperiinen-Gattungen und deren Arten,
Berliner Entomologische Zeitschrift,
Volume 26, Part 2 (1882), p. 263, No. 6.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 232.
(updated 3 May 2008, 15 November 2013)