(previously known as Xenica kershawi)
SATYRINAE, NYMPHALIDAE, PAPILIONOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of R.P. Field; © Museums Victoria)
These Caterpillars are green with sparse prominent hairs, and have a green head. Later instars may acquire longitudinal pale lines, and a forked tail. The caterpillars feed on various species of Grass (POACEAE) :
The pupa is spiky, and green with brown markings. It is suspended head down from a cremaster.
The upper surfaces of the wings of the adult butterflies are brown with yellow patches. The upper sides of each of the forewings each have a small eyespot near the wing tip, and the hind wings have a larger one near the tornus.
Underneath, the wings are much the same, except that the hindwings each have an extra eye spot. The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The eggs are green and spherical, each with about 500 minute dimples. The eggs have a diameter of about 0.8 mm.
The species is found in the mountains of south eastern Australia as several subspecies, including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 2, pp. 500-501.
William Henry Miskin,
Descriptions of new species of Australian diurnal Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1876, pp. 452-453.
(updated 4 June 2010, 11 December 2013, 5 August 2020, 22 September 2021)