- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
Occurrence records map
The caterpillars of the Orange Palm Dart are translucent blue or green source: Australian Museum Factsheets
- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
- Brief description: A stout, black and orange butterfly with larvae that feed on palms.
- Description : Body stout. Wings black with orange markings. Female with smaller orange markings than male and sometimes uniform dark brown. Wingspan to about 4 cm.
- Biology : Adults rests in the sun on the upper sides of leaves and then dart off at great speed. Female lays eggs on palms. The pale green larvae have striking black banded heads. The larvae sew adjacent palm leaflets together into retreats from which they feed. The larvae pupate inside the same shelter and produce a whitish floury deposit at the time of pupation.
- Habitat: Rainforests, suburban gardens and nurseries with palms.
- Maximum size (cm): 4
- Diet: Herbivore
- Colours: Black, orange
- Distribution: Coastal eastern Qld and NSW, isolated populations elsewhere in major towns and cities. Eastern Indonesia, New Guinea to the Solomon Islands.
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Author credit: Dr Chris Burwell / Queensland Museum
Names and sources
Orange Palm Dart
Read Only Mode
Read Only Mode
Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records
Hint: click on chart elements to view that subset of records
Name references found in the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Searching, please wait...