Status here @ 800 metres: fairly common, seen each warm season around our 20 acre property, numbers appear to have increased following the introduction and annual increase in the numbers of their preferred food plant - Lomandra longifolia. We have also introduced Lomandra hystrix in considerable numbers and Lomandra spicata naturally occurs here in our rainforest remnants.
Larval Food Plants Growing here; Sedges - Lomandra longifolia, occasionally, L. hystrix, L. spicata Growing elsewhere; Sedges - Lomandra filiformis, L. obliqua.
This butterfly is the most common of the Ochres that we see here.
The caterpillars make shelters in the Lomandra to rest in during the day. The young caterpillars sew fresh leaves of the foodplant together whereas later instar caterpillars use older leaves. They feed at night.
They usually pupate in leaf litter at the base of the foodplant.
Last annual autumn sighting - Dorrigo Plateau: 18/03/18
Splendid Ochre ♂ showing both upperside and underside, Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 6 Feb 2015, 11.40 am
Egg laid on bracken growing next to Lomandra longifolia. Claire Cottage Dorrigo Plateau, 25 Dec 2018
Close-up of egg
Splendid Ochre ♂,Claire Cottage Dorrigo, 11 Dec 2015, 7.52 am