Pale Palm Dart
Telicota colon amba, Evans

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Female Pale Palm Dart

Description
Wingspan 32-38mm. A medium sized black and orange-yellow skipper. The undersides on both wings are a pale orange-yellow with a few darker orange quadrate markings that correspond to the orange-yellow markings of the upper side. 

The male upper side forewing has a well defined sex brand along the center between the orange markings. On the forewing above, the veins towards the outer margin beyond the discal band of spots are orange in colour.

The females are similar in size and appearance to the males but have much smaller orange markings. 

Similar species
Dark Palm Dart

Status, distribution and habitat
It is widely distributed up to about 5000 feet elevation. However, it is common nowhere. It is an edge species and favors openings in forests bordering damp areas. It is often seen near sugar cane plants, which presumably is one of the larval host plants.

Habits
It flies very fast and but often settles down on flowers of small herbs and shrubs to feed on nectar. It may be seen day after day in the same locality, often in the company of species of Potanthus.

Early stages
Unknown. Larvae probably feed on Sugar cane plant.

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