Blank Swift
Caltoris kumara lanka, Evans

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Blank Swift

Wingspan 40-48mm. A large rich chocolate brown skipper with a 4 to 6 white spots on the forewing discal area of the upper side; the females always have a spot on vein 1b that is absent in males.

Similar species
Philippine Swift and Pain-brush Swift.

Status, distribution and habitat
It is found above elevations of 3000 feet and is commonest in the months of April and May and then again in September and October. It prefers edges and clearings of bamboo forests. The males are more abundant than the females.

A very fast butterfly on the wing. It is easily disturbed but only flies a short distance before settling down again. At rest it holds its wings over its body.

Early stages
Probably feeds on Bamboo. No records available.

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