Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Common Awl
Hasora badra  MOORE, 1858
subfamily - COELIADINAE
Tribe -
Hasora badra, Ultapani, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins
The subfamily Coeliadinae comprises of about 150 species worldwide. They are the most primitive of the skipper subfamilies. There are 8 genera - Allora from Australia; Pyrrhiades, Pyrrhochalcia and Coeliades from Africa; and the Indo-Australian genera Badamia, Choaspes and Hasora.
The genus 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.
This 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 ).

Adult behaviour
Both 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.


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