Silver Xenica - Oreixenica lathionella herceus Wingspan: 29 mm
Sighted: late March to early May annually (we are unable to visit their breeding/flight zone daily to record exact records).
Status here: Common in its narrow Claire Cottage flight/breeding zone. Larval Foodplants: Microlaenia stipoides, Poa enisformis, P. labillardieri
A newly hatched Silver Xenica, Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 5 Apr 2006, 10.45 am
A much older Silver Xenica with an interesting variation in markings on the upper-side of the forewings. Taken at Claire Cottage, Dorrigo, 2 May 2016, 4.24 pm
We have a colony of Xenicas that breed in a grassy clearing under power lines where native grasses predominate. There are also lots of scaly buttons (Leptorcynhos squamatos) from which they get nectar.
Of an evening they congregate in small groups sitting on tall grass stems.
You may see these beautiful little butterflies on the Plateau in Autumn if you walk part of the Syndicate Track on Killungoondie Plains starting at the end of Slingsbys Road.
Feeding on sticky substance on Paspalum seeds. Perhaps ergot fungus?
Tasty tucker! Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 5 Apr 2006, 10.55 am
Silver Xenica, Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 12 Mar 2006, 4.15 pm
Silver Xenica feeding on Parsonsia flowers, Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 28 Mar 2016, 2.58 pm
Our Silver Xenica breeding ground. There are seven butterflies in this picture - not all easy to spot. Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 12 Apr 2015, 3.43 pm
Xenica breeding ground at approx 840 metres above sea level sheltered between two rainforest remnants
Claire Cottage (CC) - last annual autumn sighting - (CC annual flight season limited to 6-8 weeks late March to early May depending on weather conditions each year) 2018; First sighting; 1st Apr; last sighting; 3rd May 2019: First sighting; 6th Apr; last sighting; 05/05 - ?? May