Caterpillars of the
World - Singapore
Common Awl Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Coeliadinae has representatives in tropical and subtropical regions
of South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
genus Hasora comprises of about 20
medium-large species found from India and Sri Lanka, across to
China, and south through the Malay archipelago to Australia and the
Hasora badra is the commonest and most
widespread species, occurring in Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Thailand,
Malaysia, Singapore, China, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi.
species is found in primary and secondary rainforest at altitudes
larval foodplant is Derris elliptica.
Skipper Hasora badra ( Singapore
The Common Awl
Hasora badra is dark brown on the upper
surface, and devoid of markings in the male. The forewings of the
female however have 3 large yellowish hyaline spots in the median
area, and 3 small pale spots on the subapical area. On the underside
both sexes are dark, with a purplish sheen, and a small white spot
on the discal cell.
These large robust skippers fly mainly at dawn and dusk. They have a
swift and powerful flight but generally only cover very short
distances on each foray; and rest frequently on the under surface of
leaves on trees or bushes.
Hasora badra surrounded by
parasitoid wasp cocoons