Telicota colon (Fabricius, 1775)
Pale Palm Dart
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Telicota colon
(Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

This Caterpillar lives in a shelter composed of foodplant leaves joined with silk. It feeds on various Grasses ( POACEAE ), including :

  • Common Reed ( Phragmites australis ),
  • Japanese Silver Grass ( Miscanthus sinensis ),
  • Golden Beard Grass ( Chrysopogon fallax ), and
  • Canegrass ( Ophiuros exaltatus ).

    Telicota colon
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    The pupa is brown, and formed in leafy debris.

    Telicota colon
    (Photo: courtesy of Martin Purvis, Sydney)

    The butterflies have a wing span of about 3 cms. They are brown with orange patches.

    Telicota colon
    male
    (Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

    The males have a grey patch on each forewing. Underneath, the wings are greenish-yellow, with the same orange patches.

    Telicota colon
    (Photo: courtesy of Wes Jenkinson)

    The eggs are white and hemispherical. They are laid singly on leaves of a foodplant.

    Various subspecies occur over much of south-east Asia, including

  • Japan,
  • Papua, and
  • Sri Lanka.

    The subspecies argeus (Plötz, 1883) is found over much of Australia, including

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 220-221.

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
    Systema Entomologiae (1775), p. 531, No. 376.


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    (updated 4 April 2009, 2 October 2013)