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Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Hesperiidae > Hesperiinae > Aeromachini > Erionota

Erionota torus Evans, 1941 – Rounded Palm-redeye

Subspecies in India:

No subspecies are listed under this species. This is also known as the Sikkim Palm Dart (Smith 1989), Sikkim Palm Red-eye (Smith 2006), Giant Skipper (Ek-Amnuay 2007), and Banana Skipper (several Indo-Chinese and SE Asian websites).

Early Stages:
Indian and global distribution:
This species was described from Sikkim and is historically known from the Himalaya east- and southeastward to S. China, Indo-China all the way to deep SE Asia. The sightings from Kerala are the first records of this species from the Western Ghats, which represent a range extension.
records (based on images):
Larval Host Plants:
Cocos nucifera (Raju et al. 2018) (Arecaceae). Musa x paradisiaca (K. Kunte pers. obs. 2017) (Musaceae).

Key Reference:
Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550.

For the complete list of larval host plants of Indian butterflies, see the page on larval host plants.

Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:
Ek-Amnuay, P. 2007. Butterflies of Thailand. Baan Lae Suan- Amarin Printing and Publishing Co., Bangkok, 865pp.
Evans, W.H. 1932. The Identification of Indian butterflies. 2nd edn. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, 454pp.
Evans, W.H. 1949. A Catalogue of the Hesperiidae from Europe, Asia and Australia in the British Museum (Natural History). British Museum (Natural History), London, 502pp.
Smith, C. 1989. Butterflies of Nepal (Central Himalaya). Tecpress Service L.P., Bangkok, 352pp.
Smith, C. 2006. Illustrated Checklist of Nepal's Butterflies. 2nd, revised edn. Walden Book House, Kathmandu, 129pp.

Lepidoptera > Papilionoidea > Hesperiidae > Hesperiinae > Aeromachini > Erionota

Cite this page along with its URL as:
Raju, D., K. Kunte, S. Kalesh, V. K. Chandrashekaran, Manoj P., H. Ogale & R. Sanap. 2021. Erionota torus Evans, 1941 – Rounded Palm-redeye. Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.24. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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