Telicota ancilla

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Dark palm dart
Palm dart hebbal.jpg
In Bangalore
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Telicota
Species: T. ancilla
Binomial name
Telicota ancilla
(Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
  • Pamphila ancilla Herrich-Schäffer, 1869
  • Pamphila olivescens Herrich-Schäffer, 1869

Telicota ancilla, the dark palm dart, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. These species form a complex and exact species identity can only be determined by examination of the genitalia.

The larvae feed on various grasses, such as Imperata cylindrica, Paspalum urvillei and Sorghum halepense. Other hosts recorded include Ochlandra travancorica, Bambusa striata and Bambusa wamin.[1]


  • Telicota ancilla ancilla (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)greenish darter (New South Wales and Queensland)
  • Telicota ancilla baudina Evans, 1949 (Northern Territory and Western Australia)
  • Telicota ancilla horisha Evans, 1934 (southern China, northern Vietnam, Taiwan)
  • Telicota ancilla mamba (Mambare River)
  • Telicota ancilla minda Evans, 1934 (Philippines)
  • Telicota ancilla santa Evans, 1934 (Philippines)
  • Telicota ancilla volens (Timor)



  1. ^ 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". J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 104 (2): 235–238.