Common Dart Click to enlarge image
Common Dart, Ocybadistes flavovittatus Image: Andrew Donnelly
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    flavovittatus
    Genus
    Ocybadistes
    Subfamily
    Hesperiinae
    Family
    Hesperiidae
    Super Family
    Hesperioidea
    Order
    Lepidoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    2 cm

Introduction

The Common Dart is easily spotted in Sydney gardens with its orange and yellow wing patterns.

Habitat

The Common Dart lives in urban gardens, forests and woodlands, heath.

Seasonality

The Common Dart is usually seen flying from September to May.

Life history cycle

The eggs of the Common Dart are laid individually on a blade of grass and when the small, green caterpillars emerge they are well camouflaged among the grass.