Toxidia

White-brand grass skipper Toxidia rietmanni, copyright Donald Hobern.

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 of cell, vein 1A+2A in male relatively straight; hind wing with CuA1 arising closer to M3 than to CuA2; hind tibia with two pairs of spurs; male with linear or slightly waved patch of sex-scales.

<==Toxidia Mabille 1891B00
    |--T. andersoni (Kirby 1893)B00
    |--T. arfakensis (Joicey & Talbot 1917)B00
    |--T. doubledayi (Felder 1862)B00
    |--T. inornatus (Butler 1883)B00
    |--T. melania (Waterhouse 1903)B00
    |--T. parvulus (Plötz 1884)B00
    |--T. peron (Latreille 1824)B00
    |--T. rietmanni (Semper 1879)B00
    |    |--T. r. rietmanniB00
    |    `--T. r. parasema Lower 1908B00
    `--T. thyrrhus Mabille 1891B00

*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).

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