SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES

Dispar compacta (Butler)  (Barred Grass-skipper)

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Pupae (15mm)

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Pupa without the coat of white bloom

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Pupa head area (operculum)

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Pupa posterior end cremaster and hooks; ventral view left, dorsal view right

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A double-rolled leaf within host grass being used as a shelter by a fifth instar larva on left (lower part of head just showing), and a pupa on the right (white head showing).  The opening to the pupa shelter is usually not sealed by a silk web. Opening of pupa shelter is sometimes partially blocked by strong strands of silk

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Closeup of pupa head in above leaf shelter, showing extra frontal spots

Photography by R. Grund