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


(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)

These Caterpillars are pale green, and have four pale lines along the body. The caterpillars feed on various plants from the family POACEAE including:

  • Bristly Foxtail Grass ( Setaria barbata ),
  • Louisiana Grass ( Axonopus compressus ),
  • Para Grass ( Brachiaria mutica ),
  • 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.

    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.

    This species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Papua New Guinea,
  • Philippines,
  • Singapore,

    as well as in Australia in

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


    Further reading :

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

    Alfred Russel Wallace,
    List of Lepidopterous insects collected at Takow, Formosa,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1869, Part 2, p. 361, No. 44.


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    (updated 12 November 2001, 22 September 2013)