Pelopidas lyelli

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Pelopidas lyelli
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Baorini
Genus: Pelopidas
Species: P. lyelli
Binomial name
Pelopidas lyelli
(Rothschild, 1915)

Pelopidas lyelli, the Lyell's swift, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia, as well as Irian Jaya, Maluku, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

The wingspan is about 30 mm.

The larvae feed on the leaves of various Poaceae species, including Sorghum bicolor, Panicum maximum, Pennisetum pedicellatum, Oryza sativa and Paspalum dilatatum. It creates a shelter by rolling a leaf of the host plant. It hides in this shelter during the day and emerges at night to feed. Pupation takes place inside this shelter.

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