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An increase in sightings of the Australian species of skipper, Hasora khoda haslia (Swinhoe) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae), at Ryde and Turramurra, (suburbs of northern Sydney) and Oyster Bay (southern Sydney), was recorded in the 1980s. This note presents data on additional sightings for Sydney and some localities farther south and attempts to trace the progress of a southerly extension of range of the species of some 400 km (Port Macquarie to Kiama) since about 1970. Recent sightings also indicate that in the Sydney area the adult flight period is commencing earlier in the season and is lengthening in duration. It is suggested that these changes are in response to climate change.

Atkins, A. 1993. Biological, behavioural and distributional records of some butterflies in New South Wales. Victorian Entomologist 23: 54-56.
Atkins, A. 1995. A survey list of the butterflies of Newcastle with particular reference to Awabakal and Blackbutt Reserves. Victorian Entomologist 25: 46-47.
Braby, M.F. 2000 Butterflies of Australia, their identification, biology and distribution. i-xx, 976 spp. CSIRO Publishing. Collingwood.
Bureau if Meteorology. 2007. Website www.bom.gov.au/ on 11th March, 2007.
Common, I.F.B. 1964 Australian Butterflies. 131 pp., illustr. Jacaranda Press. Sydney.
Common, I.F.B. and Waterhouse, D.F. 1972 Butterflies of Australia. 498 pp., text figs. 1-25, pls. 1-41. Angus and Robertson. Sydney.
Common, I.F.B. and Waterhouse, D.F. 1981 Butterflies of Australia. i-xiv, 682 pp., text figs. 1-25, pls. 1-49. Revised edition. Angus and Robertson. Sydney.
Haines, L.C. 1980. A note on butterfly captures at Bayview, New South Wales. Australian entomological Magazine 6: 103.
Harden, G.J. 1991 Flora of New South Wales. 4 Vols. University of New South Wales Press, Kensington. Vol. 2, i-xxi, 574 pp. (Millettia spp. p. 404).
Harslett, M.J. and Reeves, D.M. 1974. Notes on butterflies from Fraser Island, August, 1971. Queensland Naturalist 21: 5-6.
Klaphake, V. 1964. Report under “Observations and captures”. Communications of the Entomology Section, Royal zoological Society of New South Wales 23: 68.
Mabille, P. 1867. Diagnoses de nouvelles espèces d'Hespérides. Bull Soc. ent. Fr. (5) 6: xxv-xxvii.
Mosse-Robinson, L.H. 1955a. Some additional data on distribution of species to that shown in What Butterfly is That? Australian Entomologist (n.s.) 1(2): 10-12.
Mosse-Robinson, L.H. 1955b. Butterflies seen or taken at Narara - 1950-51. Australian Entomologist (n.s.) 1(4): 23-29.
Parmesan, C., et al. 1999. Poleward shifts in geographical ranges of butterfly species associated with regional warming. Nature 399: 579-583.
Peters, J.V. 1969. Notes on the distribution of Australian Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea (Lepidoptera). Australian Zoologist 15(2): 178-184.
Pollard, G. and Yates, T.J. 1993 Monitoring Butterflies for Ecology and Conservation. i-xiii, 274 pp. Chapman and Hall, London.
Sands, D.P.A. 1953. Skippers of the Wahroonga district of Sydney. Part 1. Australian Entomologist 1(2): 1.
Sands, D.P.A. 1955a. Northern butterflies visiting the Sydney area during 1954. Australian Entomologist 1(2): 9-10.
Sands, D.P.A. 1955b. Skippers of the Wahroonga district of Sydney. Part 2. Australian Entomologist 1(3): 20-21.
Smithers, C.N. and Peters, J.V. 1990. A note on abundance of Hasora khoda haslia (Swinhoe) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in Sydney, New South Wales. Australian entomological Magazine 17(3): 89-90.
Swinhoe, C. 1899. New species of Oriental Lepidoptera. Annals and Magazine of natural History (7) 3: 102-116.
Waterhouse, G.A. 1903. Catalogue of the Rhopalocera of Australia. Memoirs of the New South Wales Naturalists' Club 1: 1-49.
Waterhouse, G.A. 1932a What butterfly is that?. i-x, 291 pp., text figs. 1-4; pls. I-XXXIV. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
Waterhouse, G.A. 1932b. Australian Hesperiidae II. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 57 (3-4): 218-238.
Waterhouse, G.A. and Lyell, G. 1914 The Butterflies of Australia. A Monograph of the Australian Rhoplaocera. i-vi, 1-239, pls. 1-42, map. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
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Atkins, A. 1993. Biological, behavioural and distributional records of some butterflies in New South Wales. Victorian Entomologist 23: 54-56.
Atkins, A. 1995. A survey list of the butterflies of Newcastle with particular reference to Awabakal and Blackbutt Reserves. Victorian Entomologist 25: 46-47.
Braby, M.F. 2000 Butterflies of Australia, their identification, biology and distribution. i-xx, 976 spp. CSIRO Publishing. Collingwood.
Bureau if Meteorology. 2007. Website www.bom.gov.au/ on 11th March, 2007.
Common, I.F.B. 1964 Australian Butterflies. 131 pp., illustr. Jacaranda Press. Sydney.
Common, I.F.B. and Waterhouse, D.F. 1972 Butterflies of Australia. 498 pp., text figs. 1-25, pls. 1-41. Angus and Robertson. Sydney.
Common, I.F.B. and Waterhouse, D.F. 1981 Butterflies of Australia. i-xiv, 682 pp., text figs. 1-25, pls. 1-49. Revised edition. Angus and Robertson. Sydney.
Haines, L.C. 1980. A note on butterfly captures at Bayview, New South Wales. Australian entomological Magazine 6: 103.
Harden, G.J. 1991 Flora of New South Wales. 4 Vols. University of New South Wales Press, Kensington. Vol. 2, i-xxi, 574 pp. (Millettia spp. p. 404).
Harslett, M.J. and Reeves, D.M. 1974. Notes on butterflies from Fraser Island, August, 1971. Queensland Naturalist 21: 5-6.
Klaphake, V. 1964. Report under “Observations and captures”. Communications of the Entomology Section, Royal zoological Society of New South Wales 23: 68.
Mabille, P. 1867. Diagnoses de nouvelles espèces d'Hespérides. Bull Soc. ent. Fr. (5) 6: xxv-xxvii.
Mosse-Robinson, L.H. 1955a. Some additional data on distribution of species to that shown in What Butterfly is That? Australian Entomologist (n.s.) 1(2): 10-12.
Mosse-Robinson, L.H. 1955b. Butterflies seen or taken at Narara - 1950-51. Australian Entomologist (n.s.) 1(4): 23-29.
Parmesan, C., et al. 1999. Poleward shifts in geographical ranges of butterfly species associated with regional warming. Nature 399: 579-583.
Peters, J.V. 1969. Notes on the distribution of Australian Hesperioidea and Papilionoidea (Lepidoptera). Australian Zoologist 15(2): 178-184.
Pollard, G. and Yates, T.J. 1993 Monitoring Butterflies for Ecology and Conservation. i-xiii, 274 pp. Chapman and Hall, London.
Sands, D.P.A. 1953. Skippers of the Wahroonga district of Sydney. Part 1. Australian Entomologist 1(2): 1.
Sands, D.P.A. 1955a. Northern butterflies visiting the Sydney area during 1954. Australian Entomologist 1(2): 9-10.
Sands, D.P.A. 1955b. Skippers of the Wahroonga district of Sydney. Part 2. Australian Entomologist 1(3): 20-21.
Smithers, C.N. and Peters, J.V. 1990. A note on abundance of Hasora khoda haslia (Swinhoe) (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in Sydney, New South Wales. Australian entomological Magazine 17(3): 89-90.
Swinhoe, C. 1899. New species of Oriental Lepidoptera. Annals and Magazine of natural History (7) 3: 102-116.
Waterhouse, G.A. 1903. Catalogue of the Rhopalocera of Australia. Memoirs of the New South Wales Naturalists' Club 1: 1-49.
Waterhouse, G.A. 1932a What butterfly is that?. i-x, 291 pp., text figs. 1-4; pls. I-XXXIV. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
Waterhouse, G.A. 1932b. Australian Hesperiidae II. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 57 (3-4): 218-238.
Waterhouse, G.A. and Lyell, G. 1914 The Butterflies of Australia. A Monograph of the Australian Rhoplaocera. i-vi, 1-239, pls. 1-42, map. Angus and Robertson, Sydney.
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