Silver sedge-skipper Hesperilla crypsargyra, copyright Donald Hobern.

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 (Braby 2000).

Characters (from Braby 2000): Club of antenna bent before middle, apiculus long 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 vein CuA1 arising closer to M3 than CuA2; hind tibia with two pairs of spurs; male with linear patch of sex-scales. Pupal cap strongly produced and heavily sclerotised; abdominal segments of pupa containing long stiff setae.

<==Hesperilla Hewitson 1868 B00
    |--H. chrysostricha (Meyrick & Lower 1902) B00
    |    |--H. c. chrysotricha (see below for synonymy) B00
    |    `--H. c. cyclospila (Meyrick & Lower 1902) B00
    |--H. crypsargyra (Meyrick 1888) B00
    |    |--H. c. crypsargyra [incl. H. crypsargyra lesouefi Tindale 1953] B00
    |    `--H. c. hopsoni Waterhouse 1927 B00
    |--H. crypsigramma (Meyrick & Lower 1902) B00
    |--H. donnysa Hewitson 1868 B00
    |    |--H. d. donnysa (see below for synonymy) B00
    |    |--H. d. albina Waterhouse 1932 B00
    |    |--H. d. aurantia Waterhouse 1927 B00
    |    `--H. d. galena Waterhouse 1927 B00
    |--H. flavescens Waterhouse 1941 (see below for synonymy) B00
    |--H. furva Sands & Kerr 1973 B00
    |--H. idothea (Miskin 1889) B00
    |    |--H. i. idothea B00
    |    `--H. i. clara Waterhouse 1932 B00
    |--H. malindeva Lower 1911 [incl. H. malindeva dagoomba Johnson & Valentine 1994] B00
    |--H. mastersi Waterhouse 1900 B00
    |--H. ornata (Leach 1814) B00
    |    |--H. o. ornata B00
    |    `--H. o. monotherm Lower 1907 B00
    |--H. picta (Leach 1814) B00
    |--H. sarnia Atkins 1978 B00
    `--H. sexguttata Herrich-Schäffer 1869 B00

Hesperilla chrysotricha chrysotricha (Meyrick & Lower 1902) [incl. H. chrysotricha leucosia Waterhouse 1938, H. chrysotricha lunawanna Couchman 1949, H. chrysotricha naua Couchman 1949, H. chrysotricha plebeia Waterhouse 1927] B00

Hesperilla donnysa donnysa Hewitson 1868 [incl. H. donnysa delos Waterhouse 1941, H. donnysa diluta Waterhouse 1932, H. donnysa icaria Waterhouse 1941, H. donnysa patmos Waterhouse 1941, H. donnysa samos Waterhouse 1941] B00

Hesperilla flavescens Waterhouse 1941 [=H. donnysa flavescens; incl. H. donnysa flavia Waterhouse 1941, H. flavescens flavia] B00

*Type species of generic name indicated


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

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