Hesperiidae

Belongs within: Obtectomera.Contains: Hasora, Pyrginae, Toxidia, Hesperilla, Trapezites, Pamphila, Hesperiinae. The Hesperiidae, skippers, are a group of butterfly-like Lepidoptera with an erratic, quick flight. They have their antennal bases spaced relatively far apart and the antennal club usually has a small apical hook. The fore wing lacks forked peripheral veins (Braby 2000). Many skippers are dully… Continue reading Hesperiidae

Toxidia

Belongs within: Hesperiidae. Toxidia is an Australasian genus of skippers whose larvae, where known, largely feed on grasses (Braby 2000). Characters (from Braby 2000): Antenna with club bent before middle, apiculus long to moderate and pointed; third segment of labial palp of moderate length; fore wing with vein CuA2 arising midway between end and base… Continue reading Toxidia

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Trapezites

Belongs within: Hesperiidae. Trapezites, ochres, is an Australian genus of skippers with larvae feeding on species of Xanthorrhoeaceae (Braby 2000). Characters (from Braby 2000): Antenna with club bent sharply beyond middle, apiculus variable; third segment of labial palp of moderate length; fore wing with vein CuA2 arising nearer base than end of cell, vein 1A+2A… Continue reading Trapezites

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Ocybadistes

Belongs within: Hesperiinae. Ocybadistes is an Australasian genus of skippers with larvae feeding on grasses (Braby 2000). Characters (from Braby 2000): Antenna more than half length of costa of fore wing; club broad and swollen with apiculus very short and pointed; third segment of labial palp long, slender and erect; fore wing with vein CuA2… Continue reading Ocybadistes

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Telicota

Belongs within: Hesperiinae. Telicota is an Indo-Australian genus of skippers with larvae feeding on Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Flagellaria (Braby 2000). Characters (from Braby 2000): Length of antenna variable, slightly less than half length of costa of fore wing in female, more than half length of costa in male; club broad, swollen, with apiculus short and… Continue reading Telicota

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Hesperilla

Belongs within: Hesperiidae. Hesperilla, sedge-skippers, is a genus of skippers found in coastal and subcoastal regions of Australia, with larvae feeding on species of Cyperaceae. Species may be divided between two geographically distinct groups with southern species being more brightly coloured than northern (Braby 2000). Characters (from Braby 2000): Club of antenna bent before middle,… Continue reading Hesperilla

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Suniana

Belongs within: Hesperiinae. Suniana, grass darts, is a genus of skipper butterflies found in eastern Indonesia, New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia (Braby 2000). Characters (from Braby 2000): Relatively small; antenna more than half length of costa of fore wing, club broad and swollen with apiculus very short and pointed; third segment of labial… Continue reading Suniana

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Hesperiinae

Belongs within: Hesperiidae.Contains: Telicota, Ocybadistes, Suniana. The Hesperiinae are a cosmopolitan group of skippers whose larvae feed on species of monocotyledons, particularly on grasses (Braby 2000). The type genus Hesperia, the branded skippers, is most diverse in North America and includes species with long pointed fore wings and usually a curved medial band of pale… Continue reading Hesperiinae

Pyrginae

Belongs within: Hesperiidae. The Pyrginae, flats, are a cosmopolitan group of relatively large, robust and fast-flying skippers whose larvae feed on a wide range of dicotyledonous plants (Braby 2000a). Characters (from Braby 2000a): Antenna more than half length of costa of fore wing; third segment of labial palp erect or porrect, short to medium in… Continue reading Pyrginae