Caterpillars of the
World - Singapore
Common Awl Skipper
Coeliadinae has representatives in tropical and subtropical
regions of South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Hasora comprises of about 20
medium-large species found from India and Sri Lanka, across to
China, and south through the Malay archipelago to Australia and
the Fiji islands.
Hasora badra is the commonest and most widespread species,
occurring in Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia,
Singapore, China, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi.
species is found in primary
and secondary rainforest at altitudes between 0-1500m.
larval foodplant is Derris elliptica.
Awl Skipper Hasora badra (
The Common Awl
Hasora badra is dark brown on the
upper surface, and devoid of markings in the male. The forewings
of the female however have 3 large yellowish hyaline spots in the
median area, and 3 small pale spots on the subapical area. On the
underside both sexes are dark, with a purplish sheen, and a small
white spot on the discal cell.
These large robust skippers fly
mainly at dawn and dusk. They have a
swift and powerful flight but generally only cover very short
distances on each foray; and rest frequently on the under surface
of leaves on trees or bushes.
Hasora badra surrounded by parasitoid wasp cocoons