Large Banded Awl
(previously known as Ismene khoda)
COELIADINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
Peter R. Samson & Stella Crossley
(Photo: copyright Peter Samson)
These Caterpillars hatch from eggs laid singly on stems and young shoots of a foodplant. The Caterpillars are black with white lines along the body, and are covered sparsely in short white hairs. The Caterpillars feed on various types of FABACEAE, for example :
living in a shelter made from a folded leaf. The Caterpillars hide in this by day, coming out at night to feed on young foliage. They also pupate in their shelter.
They pupate inside their leafy shelter.
The adults are dark brown with two small pale yellow spots near the center of both surfaces of each fore wing.
The hind wings each have a slight tail at the tornus.
There is a white bar across the underside of each hind wing.
The males have a dark flash mark on each forewing. The male and female butterflies both have a wing span of about 5 cms.
This species was originally discovered on the Isle of Pines, Nouvelle Calédonie. The species occurs as nine subspecies, and its range extends from Asia to the south Pacific, including:
The subspecies haslia Swinhoe, 1899, inhabits the mid-east coast of Australia including:
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 83-84.
Diagnoses d'Hespériens Nouveaux,
Annales de la Société Entomologique de France,
Series 5, Volume 6 (1876), p. XXV, No. 14.
(updated 11 February 2010, 29 September 2013)