Ocybadistes

Greenish grass-dart Ocybadistes walkeri sothis, copyright Gail Hampshire.

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 arising approximately halfway between base and end of cell; termen of hind wing evenly rounded; mid tibia lacking spines; male with or without patch of sex-scales. Male genitalia with uncus undivided and produced to long narrow point, valva rounded apically and not divided.

<==Ocybadistes Heron 1894B00
    |--O. ardea Bethune-Baker 1906 [incl. O. ardea heterobathra Lower 1908]B00
    |--O. flavovittatus (Latreille 1824)B12, B00
    |    |--O. f. flavovittatusB12
    |    `--O. f. vesta (Waterhouse 1932)B12
    |--O. hypomeloma Lower 1911B00
    |    |--O. h. hypomelomaB12
    |    `--O. h. vaga (Waterhouse 1932)B12
    |--O. knightorum Lambkin & Donaldson 1994B00
    `--O. walkeri Heron 1894B00
         |--O. w. walkeriB00
         |--O. w. hypochlora Lower 1911B00
         |--O. w. olivia Waterhouse 1933B00
         `--O. w. sothis Waterhouse 1933 [incl. O. walkeri sonia Waterhouse 1933]B00

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[B00] Braby, M. F. 2000. Butterflies of Australia: their identification, biology and distribution vol. 1. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood (Victoria).

[B12] Braby, M. F. 2012. The butterflies of El Questro Wilderness Park, with remarks on the taxonomy of the Kimberley fauna, Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 27 (2): 161–175.

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