Hasora hurama (Butler, 1870)
Broad Banded Awl
(previously known as Hesperia hurama)
COELIADINAE ,   HESPERIIDAE ,   HESPERIOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson, found in Cairns)

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:

  • Bagin ( Derris trifoliata, FABACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson, found in Cairns)

    They pupate in their larval shelter.


    (Photo: courtesy of Mark Hopkinson, found in Cairns)

    The adults are dark brown, with a broad diagonal white stripe across the underside of each hind wing.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The males have a black line on the rear of each forewing. The butterflies have a wing span of about 5 cms.


    underside
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    This species is found in the south-west Pacific in

  • Indonesia, and
  • The Solomons,

    as well as the tropical north of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Michael F. Braby,
    Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 80-81.


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    (updated 28 July 2001, 22 September 2013)