We see this attractive Grass-skipper frequently during summer and in particularly large and increasing numbers during February each year. It flies in the long grass of our paddocks at 800m above sea level, paddocks that were last grazed by cattle in 2005*.
The female Chequered Grass-skipper lays up to six eggs together on a blade of its grass foodplant and the caterpillars then build individual shelters at the base of the plant.
*(Note Braby Butterflies of Australia Vol. 1 CSIRO 2000 says found at altitudes between 900m & 1500m.) we are at 800m here.
Chequered Grass-skipper underside - feeding on Verbena
Verbena flowers are perfect for these tiny butteflies
Claire Cottage, Dorrigo, 18 Feb 2016, 12.25 pm (Identified by Kelvyn Dunn)
A worn and battered female
Interesting Facts: March 2018, very large numbers of this beautiful medium sized Grass-skipper in and on the edge of all our grassed areas - it was easy to spot 6 or more feeding close to each other.