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Common Name : Indian Awl King


Indian Awl King


Scientific Name : Choaspes benjaminii ()
Family : HESPERIIDAE
Wingspan : 50 - 60 mm
Colour : Male UP shining indigo blue, unmarked, with a basal overlay of bluish purple hairs. UP of female shining green, overlaid with bluish grey hairs. In both sexes, UPH has a black border to the tornal area and a bright orange fringe extending up to torment.
Habit : Hill dweller, not found below 1000 m, seen upto 2400 m. Attracted to flowers, bird droppings and damp patches. Remains in shade during daytime.
Larval Host Plants : Meliosma pungens, Sabia campanulata.
Location : Throughout West Bengal
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