Greater Peacock Awl
(previously known as Hasora major)
COELIADINAE, HESPERIIDAE, HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of C. Redmond and Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species are yellow with a brown band around each segment. The caterpillars are thought to feed on :
The adult butterflies on top are black with a shiny blue-green area toward the base of each wing. The undersides are similar but with some white spots. The male butterflies have a wingspan of about 4 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
This species is found as several subspecies in the south-west Pacific, including
and in Australia in
Its conservation status has been studied, and the species is thought to be not threatened.
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp 77-78.
Lionel Walter Rothschild,
Lepidoptera of the British Ornithologists' Union and Wollaston Expeditions in the Snow Mountains, Southern Dutch New Guinea,
Part 1. London : Hazell, Watson & Viney, 1915, p. 41, No. 204.
(updated 5 February 2010, 29 September 2013, 16 May 2020)