This skipper subfamily is a group of orange and black medium to small
size skipper butterflies. Most of them look similar and difficult to distinguish
from one another. They rest with wings held erect.
Skipper butterflies in this Subfamily HESPERIIDAE like to sun-bath themselves
with front wings partly open and hindwings flat. They are usually small in
size, orange yellow in colour with dark brown patterns.
The caterpillars feed on coarse grasses and palms.
- Taractrocera body length 12mm
- This is a small skipper butterfly. Notice its long proboscis is inserted
into the flower (2nd picture) and feeding on the nectar. Please also
check this Small Grassdart page for
- Ocybadistes flavovittata, body length 12mm
- This is a small yellow skipper butterfly. The caterpillar is green in
colour with dark brown head, feeds on blade grass. Please also visit
- Orange Dart, Wide-brand Grass-dart
- Suniana Sunias, body length 20mm
- This skipper butterfly is common in Brisbane bush. On it wings, the
butterfly has orange colour patterns on brown back ground. The butterfly
usually rests with forewings half opened and hind wings fully opened. Their
larvae are pale green with black heads, build shelter and feed on different
kinds of grasses. More pictures and information please click on here.
- Cephrenes augiades, body length 20mm
- The Orange Palmdart lay eggs on palm trees. The caterpillars are green in colour.
Caterpillars lay silk on the palm leaf, the silk will then shrink the two
side of the leaf together to from the shelter. More information and
pictures on this page.
- Yellow Palmdart, Yellow Palm Dart
- Cephrenes trichopepla, body length 20mm
- Yellow Palmdart is closely related with Orange Palmdart and their
caterpillar feed on palm trees as well. Please also check this page
for more information.
- Telicota colon argeus, male, body length 20mm
- This butterfly is standard orange-brown of the dart colours. For the
male, on his forewings there is the colon marking. The caterpillar feed on
various kinds of grasses. Please check this page for more information.
- Swamp Darter
- Arrhenes marnas, body length 20mm
- Pictures were taken in a Yugarapul
Park in late summer 2005. We found this butterfly only once.
Please check this page for more information.
- ? Common Swift
- ? Pelopidas agna, body length 20mm
- Pictures were taken in Ford Road Conservation Area on Mar 2010. The
bottom side of wings are without any patterns. It is a bit hard to tell
what species it is.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 893.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus
& Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p456.
- 3. The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia - Michael F
Braby, Australian National University, CSIRO 2004.
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