Orange Palm Dart Butterfly, Brisbane
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The Orange Palm Dart Butterfly is an orange and black skipper. Wing profile is triangular when the butterfly is at rest. Larva is pale green with banded head.
wingspan: male 42mm, female 46mm
tropical rainforest, subtropical rainforest, suburban gardens. Often seen around palm fronds.
Caterpillars eat palm leaves
lays eggs on palm fronds. The caterpillars stick adjacent leaflets together to form a retreat where they hide. They also pupate in this retreat.
Widespread along coastal Queensland and New South Wales. Has also become established in areas of Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory through accidental introductions.
|Common Name:||Orange Palm Dart Butterfly|