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  Orange Palm Dart Butterfly (Cephenes augiades)





Orange Palm Dart Butterfly | Cephenes augiades photo
Orange Palm Dart Butterfly, Brisbane

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
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.

Size
wingspan: male 42mm, female 46mm

Habitat
tropical rainforest, subtropical rainforest, suburban gardens. Often seen around palm fronds.

Food
Caterpillars eat palm leaves

Breeding
lays eggs on palm fronds. The caterpillars stick adjacent leaflets together to form a retreat where they hide. They also pupate in this retreat.

Range
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.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Hesperiidae
Genus:Cephenes
Species:augiades
Common Name:Orange Palm Dart Butterfly