SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Hesperilla chrysotricha cyclospila (Meyrick and Lower)   (Chrysotricha Sedge-skipper)

Pupa (female).
The opening to the shelter is on the left.  Both ends are sealed with silken pads, clearly shown

Closeup of the rounded operculum (head-cap).
(Ventral side is top of photo)

Silk pad at the shelter entrance.
(The top parts of the leaves have been cut away to show the pad,
which has caused part of the pad to break away from the leaves)

Closeup of cremaster and posterior end of pupa (ventral side).
The bristles on the cremaster are hooked, which anchor the pupa to the silk lining within the shelter

Closeup of bristles on pupa

Photography by R. Grund