Butterflies of the
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Hasora badra, Ultapani, Assam, India
© Adrian Hoskins
subfamily Coeliadinae comprises of about 150 species worldwide. They
are the most primitive of the skipper subfamilies. There are 8
genera - Allora from Australia;
Pyrrhochalcia and Coeliades from
Africa; and the Indo-Australian genera Badamia,
Hasora consists of about 40 species
distributed from India to Australia. Most species are dark brown
above, and on the underside have pale bands on the hindwings, often
with a purplish, bluish or greenish sheen.
Hasora badra is a common and very
widespread species found in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos,
Cambodia, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, the Philippines,
Palawan, West Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi and Java.
species is found in glades and clearings in rainforest and humid
deciduous forest at elevations between about 100-800m.
The larval foodplants include
Pongamia, Derris and
Milletia ( Fabaceae ).
sexes fly mainly at dusk and dawn, although they can be seen during
the daytime if conditions are overcast. They fly very rapidly,
usually keeping close to the ground.