SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BUTTERFLIES
Pasma tasmanica (Miskin) (Two-spotted Grass-skipper)
First instar larva (2mm) just emerged from egg
Second instar larva (3mm)
Rolled-tube leaf shelter, typical of first and second instar stage larvae.
Third instar larva (6mm)
Tip-folded leaf shelter constructed on weeping rice-grass by a third instar larva.
Fourth instar larva (10mm)
Early fifth instar larva (14mm)
Late fifth instar larva (20mm) near prepupa stage
Head of fifth instar larva.
Long hairs below mouth are the antennae.
Typical multi-leaved shelter constructed by fifth instar larvae,
in this example on weeping rice-grass.
Photography by R. Grund