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Western Brown Skipper (Motasingha dirphia)

Western Brown Skipper
Underside of a female. (Koondoola, WA, 21 / 10 / 2012)

Appearance: Both sexes dark brown with several white spots. Males with characteristic, broad sex-brand on upperside of fore wing. Hind wing underside of both sexes with central white spot and three, usually small, brown postmedian spots. Very similar to the Large Brown Skipper (Motasingha trimaculata).
Wingspan: 3.5–4.0 cm
Season: 1 generation in spring and summer.
Range: Restricted to south-western WA.
Habitat: Heathland and woodland with heath understorey; on sandy soils.


Additional Photos

Western Brown Skipper
Female underside with the characteristic white spot on the hind wing. (Koondoola, WA, 21 / 10 / 2012)
Western Brown Skipper
View of the female upperside, showing several white spots. (Koondoola, WA, 21 / 10 / 2012)