(previously known as Lasiommata hobartia)
SATYRINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The Caterpillars of this species are brown with a faint darker line along the back, and a pale line along each side. The head is rounded, but the tail is forked. The Caterpillars feed on grasses ( POACEAE ) including various Australian native species, as well as the introduced :
The upper surfaces of the wings of the adult butterflies are brown with pale yellow patches. The forewings each have a subapical row of small white spots. The upper sides of the hindwings each have two or three eyespots.
Underneath, the forewings are fawn with black and off-white patches, and a row of three white spots. The underside of each hindwing is brown with dull orange patches, and a subterminal arc of small eyespots. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
This species is found in Australia only in
as several races :
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 490-491.
John Obadiah Westwood,
The genera of diurnal lepidoptera,
Volume 2 (1851), p. 387 (note to species No. 21).
(updated 30 April 2002, 24 November 2013, 8 March 2015, 14 June 2020)