Hesperilla mastersi

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Hesperilla mastersi
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Hesperilla
Species: H. mastersi
Binomial name
Hesperilla mastersi
Waterhouse, 1900
Synonyms
  • Hesperilla mastersi marakupa Couchman, 1965

Hesperilla mastersi, the chequered sedge-skipper or Master's skipper, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in the Australian states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. It was also found in Tasmania, but the small area where its food plant was growing was cleared to provide cattle pasture. It is probably now extinct in Tasmania.

The wingspan is about 40 mm.

The larvae feed on Gahnia melanocarpa and Gahnia radula. They constructs a make a shelter joining leaves of their host with silk. They remain in this shelter during the day and come out to feed at night. Pupation takes place within this shelter.

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