Neohesperilla xanthomera (Meyrick & Lower, 1902)
Xanthomera Skipper
(previously known as Telesto xanthomera)
TRAPEZITINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Neohesperilla xanthomera
male
(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

The Caterpillar of this species is fawn witha brown thorax and black head. The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It lives by day in a shelter made of a folded leaf joined with silk, feeding at night on :

  • Tangleheads ( Heteropogon species, POACEAE ).

    Neohesperilla xanthomera
    (Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Queensland)

    The adults are dark brown with pale yellow spots on the upper surfaces. The males have a grey line across part of each forewing. The undersides of the forewings are paler blotchy versions of their upper surfaces except there is no sex brand under the male forewings. The undersides of the hindwings are spotless. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    This species is found in the dry tropical woodlands of :

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 128-129.

    Edward Meyrick & Oswald B. Lower,
    Revision of the Australian Hesperiadae,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26, Part 2 (1902), pp. 80-81, No. 37.


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    (updated 20 March 2011, 27 September 2013)