Broad Banded Awl
(previously known as Hesperia hurama)
COELIADINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson, Cairns, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species may basically be green or brown, They have four white lines along the body and four black spots on each segment, and they have white hairs. Thhe head and prothorax are black. They live in a shelter made by joining leaves with silk. They feed on:
They pupate in their larval shelter.
The adults are dark brown, with a broad diagonal white stripe across the underside of each hind wing.
The males have a black line on the rear of each forewing. The butterflies have a wing span of about 5 cms.
This species is found in the south-west Pacific in
as well as the tropical north of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 80-81.
Arthur G. Butler,
Descriptions of some new diurnal Lepidoptera, chiefly Hesperiidae,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1870, Part 4, p. 498, No. 2.
(updated 28 July 2001, 22 September 2013)