Female Spotted Sedge-skipper in early morning dew 17 Nov 2013 08.21am
Male Spotted Sedge-skipper 22 Jan 2016 08.40am
Larval Food Plants Growing here; Gahniaaspera, G.sieberiana, G. melanocarpa, Carex brunnea, C. longebrachiata Growing elsewhere; Gahniaclarkei, G. erythrocarpa, G. grandis, G. melanocarpa, G. radula, Carex appressa, C. maculata
A lovely little butterfly and one of the easier Skippers to identify with the beautiful black and white underside to its wings. The Spotted Sedge-skipper occurs here both in the garden and along our rainforest margins.
Said to be generally uncommon and local, we have sighted it here since 2005.
Like many other skippers the larvae feed at night and during the day stay in shelters they make amongst the leaves of their foodplant.
Spotted Sedge-skipper female upperside 22 Dec 2012 11.44am
Spotted Sedge-skipper female 22 Dec 2012 11.44am
Spotted Sedge-skipper male 22 Jan 2016 08.40am
You can see pollen on this female Spotted Sedge-skipper's legs, 20 Dec 2017, 7.39am
We've noticed in some of the Spotted Sedge-skippers we see there is a tuft of orange hairs behind the head/prothorax area that is not mentioned in descriptions of the butterfly we've seen.
You can see a glimpse of it in some of the photos on this page including this one. We are endeavouring to discover what it is.