Silver Xenica - Oreixenica lathionella herceus Wingspan: 29 mm
Sighted: March - May each year (we are not able to visit their flight zone every day). 2018; First sighted; 1st Apr; last sighted; 3rd May
Status here: Common in its limited Claire Cottage 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