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Genus Hesperilla Hewitson, 1868


Toussaint et al. (2022) revised the higher classification of the Trapezitinae based on a robust molecular phylogeny which resulted in a number of nomenclatural changes concerning genera, species and subspecies. These nomenclatural changes include the synonymy of the genera Motasingha Watson, 1893 and Oreisplanus Waterhouse & Lyell, 1914 under Hesperilla Hewitson, 1868.




Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


ACT, NSW, NT, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic, WA: Australian Alps (AA), Arnhem Coast (ARC), Arnhem Plateau (ARP), Avon Wheatbelt (AW), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Arnhem (CA), Carnarvon (CAR), Central Kimberley (CK), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Coolgardie (COO), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Central Ranges (CR), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Daly Basin (DAB), Darwin Coastal (DAC), Desert Uplands (DEU), Dampierland (DL), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Esperance Plains (ESP), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gascoyne (GAS), Gawler (GAW), Gibson Desert (GD), Gulf Fall and Uplands (GFU), Geraldton Sandplains (GS), Great Sandy Desert (GSD), Gulf Coastal (GUC), Gulf Plains (GUP), Great Victoria Desert (GVD), Hampton (HAM), Jarrah Forest (JF), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Little Sandy Desert (LSD), Mallee (MAL), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Murchison (MUR), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), Northern Kimberley (NK), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Nullarbor (NUL), Ord Victoria Plain (OVP), Pine Creek (PCK), Pilbara (PIL), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Swan Coastal Plain (SWA), Tanami (TAN), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tiwi Cobourg (TIW), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victoria Bonaparte (VB), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Warren (WAR), Wet Tropics (WT), Yalgoo (YAL)

General References

Atkins, A.F. 1978. The Hesperilla malindeva group from northern Australia, including a new species (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Journal of the Australian Entomological Society 17(3): 205-215 [205]

Atkins, A.F. 1984. A new genus Antipodia (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Trapezitinae) with comments on its biology and relationships. Australian Entomological Magazine 11(3): 45-58 [for corrections to this paper see Atkins, A.F. 1987. Corrections to A.F. Atkins, 1984, "A new genus Antipodia (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Trapezitinae) with comments on its biology and relationships". Australian Entomological Magazine 13(5–6): 70]

Fisher, R.H. 1978. Butterflies of South Australia (Lepidoptera: Hesperioidea, Papilionoidea). Adelaide : South Australian Government. Handbooks Series 272 pp. [88] (key to species in SA)

Grund, R. 1998. The identification of Gahnia Forst. & Forst.F. (Cyperaceae) eating Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera) using immature stages. Victorian Entomologist 28: 2-32

Moulds, M.S. & Atkins, A.F. 1986. The specific status of Motasingha trimaculata (Tepper) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) with the description of a new subspecies. General and Applied Entomology 18: 25-32

Toussaint, E.F.A., Braby, M.F., Müller, C.J., Petrie, E.A. and Kawahara, A.Y. 2022. Molecular phylogeny, systematics and generic classification of the butterfly subfamily Trapezitinae (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea: Hesperiidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 195: 1407–1421 [Date published August 2022]

Waterhouse, G.A. 1937. Presidential address: The biology and taxonomy of the Australasian butterflies. Report of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science 23: 101-133 [also issued as a repaginated separate in 1938] [130] (biology)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
04-Feb-2023 PAPILIONOIDEA 12-Jan-2023 MODIFIED Dr Michael Braby (ANU)
05-Mar-2013 05-Mar-2013 MODIFIED
05-Mar-2013 07-Aug-2012 MODIFIED
12-Feb-2010 (import)