Allora doleschallii (C. Felder 1860)
Peacock Awl
(previously known as Ismene doleschallii)
COELIADINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

(Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences)

The Caterpillars of this species grow to a length of about 3 cms. The are crean with orange transverse bands along the abdomen, a black band across the thorax, a white tail, and an orange head. They feed on :

  • Timor Liana ( Rhyssopterys timorensis, MALPIGHIACEAE ).

    Each Caterpillar constructs a shelter by cutting out a semicircular piece of leaf and attaching it with silk. They feed on leaves, including the inside of their shelter until it looks like a colander. They then construct a larger shelter, living there until that is eaten through, and so on. They pupate inside their last shelter.

    The adults of this species are black with a metallic green sheen toward the base of each wing. The undersides are similar with white spots. The legs are orange. The butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    The species is found as various subspecies across the west Pacific, including

  • Indonesia,
  • Papua New Guinea, and
  • Solomon Islands,

    including the subspecies doleschallii on the north-east Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 76-77.

    Baron Cajetan von Felder,
    Lepidopterorum Amboinensium a Dre. L. Doleschall annis 1856-58 collectorum species novae,
    in G.R. Frauenfeld (ed.) Sitzungsberichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien,
    Volume 40, Part 11 (1860), pp. 460-461, No. 48.


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    (updated 1 November 2001, 22 September 2013)