Yellowish Sedge-skipper Project

yellowish sedge skipperA species of butterfly has been selected as the focal species of a landscape scale recovery project. The Yellowish Sedge-skipper (YSS) Hesperilla flavescens flavia uses the sedge species Gahnia filum (Thatching Grass) for food, shelter and as a place to rear its larvae.
In the past, the YSS lived in sedgelands between West Beach and St Kilda in the extended Adelaide metropolitan coastal plains. It has not been seen in this area since 1985, though populations of the species exist (among other places) on Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula, west of Adelaide's Fleurieu Peninsula.