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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Rice Swift
Borbo cinnara  WALLACE, 1866
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
Tribe -

Borbo cinnara West Sikkim, India Adrian Hoskins

Introduction
The genus Borbo comprises of about 20 species including 17 which only occur in Africa. There is in addition one Australian species, and there are 2 or possibly 3 Oriental species.
The genera Borbo, Baoris and Pelopidas are difficult to distinguish without microscopic examination, so my determination of the illustrated butterfly as Borbo cinnara should be regarded as tentative.
Borbo cinnara is recorded from India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
Habitats
This species found in open grassy areas at elevations between about 200-1500 metres.
Lifecycle
The larvae will reportedly feed on almost any species of grass.
Adult behaviour
The adults fly rapidly just above the ground. Males imbibe mineralised moisture from damp soil.
 

 

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