Cephrenes augiades Click to enlarge image
Adult Orange Palm Dart, Cephrenes augiades Image: John Fields
© John Fields

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    augiades
    Genus
    Cephrenes
    Subfamily
    Hesperiinae
    Family
    Hesperiidae
    Super Family
    Hesperioidea
    Order
    Lepidoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    3 cm - 4 cm

Introduction

Adult Orange Palm Dart butterflies are dark brown with either yellow or orange markings.

Identification

The caterpillars of the Orange Palm Dart are translucent blue or green


Cephrenes augiades
Caterpillar of the Orange Palm Dart Image: R.Jessop
© Australian Museum

Habitat

Orange Palm Darts live in urban areas, forests and woodlands.

Feeding and diet

The Orange Palm Dart feeds on palm trees, either native or introduced. They tend to make a mess of their food supply, using silk strands to tie together palm fronds for shelter.