FELDER & FELDER, 1867
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - TAGIADINI
Ainslie, Canberra, Australia
© David Fischer
genus Netrocoryne comprises of two
species - thaddeus from Papua New
Guinea, and repanda from Australia.
Both are large species that have brown wings with large hyaline
Netrocoryne repanda is
found in Queensland, New South Wales, Canberra and Victoria.
species inhabits open woodland at elevations between about 100-1500m
according to locality.
egg is orange with vertical ribbing. It is laid singly on a leaf of
the foodplant, glued in position with a brown fluid. The caterpillar
feeds on many trees and shrubs including
Neolitsia and Endiandra (
Callicoma ( Cunoniaceae ),
Podocarpus ( Podocarpaceae ),
Alectryon ( Sapindaceae ),
Notelaea ( Olacaceae ),
Brachychiton ( Sterculiaceae ),
Acmena ( Myrtaceae ), Elaeocarpus
( Elaeocarpaceae )
During the early instars it lives within a wonderfully constructed
shelter which it makes by cutting a circular section from the middle
of a leaf, leaving a tiny section connected, which it folds over
like the lid of a tin can, and seals in position with threads of
silk. When older it abandons the shelter and constructs a much
simpler one, folding and silking an entire leaf. The larva is pale
greyish dorsally with dark olive green dorsal, subdorsal and lateral
stripes. Below the spiracles it is yellow. The first and last
segments are also yellow and carry a pair of black spots. Pupation
takes place within the final leaf shelter. The pupa is white except
for the thorax and wing cases which are dark brown.
Both sexes rest under leaves with their
wings fully outspread when not feeding, and make periodic forays to
feed at flowers or search for potential mates.