Telicota augias, palm dart, butterfly, Hesperiidae, Lantana

The palm dart (Telicota augias)

Telicota augias augias or the palm dart is a common skipper butterfly that occurs frequently in secondary jungle, villages and gardens in the suburban areas. Like all skippers (Hesperiidae), it has relatively large body and small wings, and large compound eyes compared to butterflies from other families.

Telicota augias, palm dart, butterfly, Hesperiidae

Nikon Coolpix E5700, 21 mm, 1/540 sec, F/5.5, ISO 400

A male Telicota augias feeding on Lantana montevidensis flower, Semenyih, Malaysia.

Telicota augias, palm dart, butterfly, Hesperiidae

Nikon D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/22.0, ISO 200, SB600 flash

The palm dart has large compound eyes and hairy body.

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Nikon D800, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED, 1/250 sec, F/22.0, ISO 200, SB600 flash

A palm dart sunning itself in the morning, with wings half opened, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Telicota augias, palm dart, butterfly, Hesperiidae, Murraya

Nikon Coolpix E5700, 25.4 mm, 1/290 sec, F/4.6, ISO 100

A palm dart feeding on Murraya paniculata flower, Semenyih, Malaysia.

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Nikon Coolpix E5700, 27.3 mm, 1/200 sec, F/4.1, ISO 100

The female palm dart is darker and duller.

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