Common Banded Awl
(previously known as Papilio chromus)
COELIADINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)
These Caterpillars are brown with short sparse hairs, although the colour can vary to pinkish or greenish. They have a dark dorsal line, and yellow dorsolateral and lateral lines. The head is brown. The young caterpillars feed on young soft leaves, but later instars consume the harder older leaves of their foodplant :
The caterpillars live in a shelter made from a folded leaf joined with silk. They feed both by day and at night.
They pupate in their shelter.
The adult butterflies of this species are basically brown. The males have a black line across part of each forewing, and the females have two transparent spots on each forewing.
Both sexes have a white band across the underside of each hindwing ending in a fuzzy dark spot at the tornus. Both sexes have a wingspan of about 4 cms.
The species occurs in south-east Asia across to the south Pacific, including:
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 81-82.
Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
Amsterdam Baalde, Volume 3 (1780), p. 163, and also Plate 284, fig. E..
Life history notes on the Chrome Awl Taractrocera dolon (Plotz, 1884) Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club,
Issue 93 (June 2019), pp. 22-26.
(updated 11 February 2010, 22 September 2013, 8 July 2019, 14 September 2020)