Thursday, July 2, 2009

Telicota colon stinga (Pale Palm Dart)

Telicota colon stinga (Pale Palm Dart) - latest re-discovery of Singapore butterfly

The genus Telicota is one of the challenging to identify and distinguish from the look-alike species in the group, and definitely not easy to identify from field shots. However, I'm pleased to announce the re-discovery of the Telicota colon stinga (Pale Palm Dart) and added it to the Singapore Butterfly observation list.

I bred this skipper 2 years back on Guinea Grass but not until recently, when I learnt how to dissect butterflies and make meaningful comparison. After careful investigations and seeking advice from Malaysia butterflies expert, Dr Laurence Kirton, it was confirmed that this skipper indeed a Telicota colon stinga.

Explanation of the ID keys

Life History

Caterpillar Host Plants: Panicum maximum (Guinea Grass)

Head view of 4th instar larva:

Head view of 5th instar larva

Male genitalia view

The Butterflies of The Malay Peninsula, A.S. Corbet and H.M. Pendlebury, 4th Edition, Malayan Nature Society.
The Butterflies of Hong Kong, M. J. Basscombe, G. Johnston, F. S. Bascombe.
Hong Kong Butterflies, Philip Yik & Wing-leung Hui

Further reading: Telicota colon by Don Herbison-Evans

Photo courtesy of ©Federick Ho

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