Girish Mahajan

Celaenorrhinus ruficornis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Hesperiidae
Scientific name  Celaenorrhinus ruficornis
Rank  Species
Class  Insecta
Genus  Celaenorrhinus
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Butterflies and moths
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Similar  Celaenorrhinus, Celaenorrhinus ambareesa, Celaenorrhinus leucocera

Celaenorrhinus ruficornis, the Tamil spotted flat, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae which is found in India.

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Range

The butterfly occurs in India in the Western Ghats, Nilgiris and the Palni hills.

A record in Calcutta may be vagrant or mistaken.

Description

The butterfly has a wingspan of 45 to 50 mm. The butterflies resemble the common spotted flat except that the discal spot in 2 and the spot end cell of the forewing are separate. The upper hindwing is only obscurely marked. The antenna is chequered and has a white club.

Habits

It is common along the Western Ghats, especially during the monsoon. It may be caught in the daytime by beating out roadside patches of Lantana camara.

Life history

Food plants: Phaulopsis, Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae).

References

Celaenorrhinus ruficornis Wikipedia


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