Croitana aestiva Edwards, 1979

Desert sand-skipper, Aestiva skipper



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last Record: 1972 (Edwards, 1979; Palmer & Braby, 2012)

Rediscovered in February 2007 (Braby et al. 2007; Palmer & Braby, 2012)



MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory, Australia












Original scientific description:

Edwards, E. D. (1979). Two new species of Croitana Waterhouse (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) from central Australia. Australian Entomological Magazine 6(2): 29-38.


Other references:

Atkins, A. and Miller, C. G. (1987). The life history of Croitana arenaria Edwards, 1979 (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae: Trapezitinae). Australian Entomological Magazine. 14: 73-75.

Braby, Michael F. (2000). Butterflies of Australia. Canberra: CSIRO.

Braby, Michael, C. Wilson, C. Pavey, C. Palmer. (2007). Desert sand-skipper Croitana aestiva. In: Woinarski, J, C. Pavey, R. Kerrigan, I. Cowie & S. Ward (eds.). Lost from our Landscape. Northern Territory Government.

Department of the Environment. (2013). Croitana aestiva in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sun, 20 Oct 2013 23:37:59 +1100.

Dunn, K.L., Kitching, R.L. and Dexter, E.M. (1994). The conservation status of Australian butterflies. A report to Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra ACT.

Hill, L. and Michaelis, F. B. (1988). Conservation of insects and related wildlife. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service Occasional Paper No. 13.

Palmer, Chris M. (2010). National Recovery Plan for the Desert Sand-skipper Croitana aestiva. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport, Northern Territory.

Palmer, Chris M. (2022). Phenology, distribution and conservation of the desert sand-skipper Croitana aestiva Edwards (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae). Journal of Insect Conservation 26: 793-808.

Palmer, Chris M. and Braby, Michael F. (2012). Rediscovery of the Desert Sand-skipper Croitana aestiva Edwards (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae): morphology, life history and behaviour. Australian Journal of Entomology 51: 47-59. [Abstract]

Sands, D. P. A. and New, Tim R. (2002). The Action Plan for Australian Butterflies. Canberra: Environment Australia.


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