Borbo cinnara (Wallace, 1866)
Rice Swift
(one synonym : Paranara kuyaniana Matsumura, 1919)
HESPERIINAE,   HESPERIIDAE,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of K.Saji, Butterflies of India)

These Caterpillars are green, and have a dark dorsal line each side of which is a pale line. They feed on various plants from the family POACEAE including:

  • Itch Grass ( Rottboellia cochinchinensis ), and, more unfortunately,
  • Rice ( Oryza sativa ).

    They live and pupate in a shelter constructed from a rolled leaf of their food plant.


    (Photo: courtesy of K.Saji, Butterflies of India)

    The wings of the adult butterflies are brown, fading to yellow at the base, and have white spots on the forewings. The adults have a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    (Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)

    This species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Papua New Guinea,
  • Philippines/A>,
  • Singapore,

    as well as in Australia in

  • the Northern Territory, and
  • the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of K.Saji, Butterflies of India)


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby, Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 246-247.


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    (updated 12 November 2001, 22 September 2013)