Dark Palm Dart


  • Common Name : Dark Palm Dart
  • Scientific Name : Telicota ancilla (Moore)
  • Family : HESPERIIDAE
  • Wingspan : 34-36mm
  • Colour : Black butterfly with orange bands on the forewings.
  • Habit : Flies very strongly and swiftly. Basks in the morning, sitting low on the grass-blades or bushes. Its proboscis is falirly long and therefore it has access to flowers with long corolla tubes, such as Andrographis, Lantana, Tridax etc.
  • Larval Host Plants : Oryza sativa, Bamboos, Saccharum sp.
  • Location : Throughout West Bengal