(previously known as Pamphila marnas)
HESPERIINAE , HESPERIIDAE , HESPERIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan)
This Caterpillars is green, and has a pale brown head with an inverted dark 'V' mark on it. It feeds on :
and grows to a length of about 2 cms.
The butterflies of this species are brown with orange markings. The males have a black line across part of each forewing. Underneath, the butterflies are a little paler than on top, and the males show no sex brand.
This species exists as several races across southern Asia, including
The subspecies affinis Waterhouse & Lyell, 1912, occurs along the north-east coastal strip of
Further reading :
Michael F. Braby,
Butterflies of Australia, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2000, vol. 1, pp. 213-214.
Baron Cajetan von Felder,
Lepidopterorum Amboienensium species novae diagnosibus collustratae,
Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften,
Volume 40, Series 11 (1860), p. 462, No. 53.
(updated 19 March 2011, 22 September 2013)