Lovely rich tones of brown in this skipper adorned with spots of white and gold and some frosty patches underneath. About 30mm wingspan.
In very dry open eucalyptus woodlands nature reserve.
Also called 'Lilac Grass Skipper'. South-eastern coastal Australian mainland. Larvae feed nocturnally on Poaceae.
A dark and variable beetle. This variation is "alternata" with alternate interstices containing red stripes.
The striae bear lines of fine puncturations in good alignment.
Easily confused with Paropsisterna morio which has extremely fine to almost non existent striae punctiurations.
These beetles are crepuscular, at least in Victoria and retire under bark during daylight hours.