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Veined dart
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Actinor
Watson, 1893
Species: A. radians
Binomial name
Actinor radians
(Moore, 1878)
  • Halpe radians Moore, 1878

Actinor radians, the veined dart,[1] is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae, Actinor being a monotypic Himalayan genus.[2]


Male. Upperside luteous-brown, basal hairy scales yellow. Cilia cinereous-white: forewing with a pale-yellow constricted spot at end of the cell, and an irregular transverse continuous discal band of spots with their lower angles continued outward along the veins; hindwing with a yellow streak at end of the cell and a short discal band with outer rays. Underside paler, minutely speckled with yellowish-white; forewing as above, the hind margin being also broadly yellow; hindwing with a subbasal spot, all the veins, and two (a median and a discal) transverse sinuous bands pale yellow. Palpi, body beneath and legs yellowish-white.

— Edward Yerbury Watson, under Halpe radians 1891. Hesperiidae Indicae.[3]

Wingspan of 1.5 inches.


The butterfly occurs from Chitral to Kumaon in the Himalayas up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m).[4]


It is not rare.[4]

Cited references[edit]

  1. ^ Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera Page on Actinor genus.
  2. ^ Brower, Andrew V. Z. 2007. Actinor Watson 1893. Actinor radians (Moore 1878). Version 4 March 2007 (under construction). [1] in The Tree of Life Web Project.
  3. ^ Watson, E. Y. 1891. Hesperiidae Indicae. Vest and co. Madras
  4. ^ a b Evans, W.H. (1932). The Identification of Indian Butterflies (2nd ed.). Mumbai, India: Bombay Natural History Society. pp. 396, ser no I86.1. 

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