Oriens goloides

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Common dartlet
Oriens goloides at Kadavoor.jpg
Upperside
Oriens goloides by Kadavoor.jpg
Underside
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Oriens
Species: O. goloides
Binomial name
Oriens goloides
(Moore, 1881)

Oriens goloides, the common dartlet, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae.

Description[edit]

Upperside dark purple-brown. Male: forewing with a golden yellow oblique discal sinuous band followed by small costal spots before the apex; base of the costa and cell, and two spots at its end also of the same colour; hindwing with a medial discal sinuous golden-yellow band, the hairy scales extending to the base also yellow. Cilia golden yellow. Underside with less distinct markings as above: costa and apex of forewing and the hindwing suffused with yellow. Body and legs golden-yellow; palpi and front of thorax beneath saffron-yellow. Female: differs only in the discal band being narrow; and not having the yellow costal streak.Edward Yerbury Watson[1]

"Nearest allied species is Oriens gola. Differs from it on both sides in the narrower discal band of the forewing, the band being also disconnected from the costal spots; the band of the hindwing is also narrower." (Frederic Moore)

The larvae are known to feed on Axonopus compressus and Oplismenus compositus.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Watson, E. Y. (1891) Hesperiidae Indicae: being a reprint of descriptions of the Hesperiidae of India, Burma, and Ceylon.
  2. ^ Kalesh, S & S K Prakash (2007). "Additions of the larval host plants of butterflies of the Western Ghats, Kerala, Southern India (Rhopalocera, Lepidoptera): Part 1". Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society. 104 (2): 235–238.