Wednesday, 22 July 2015

13. Choaspes benjaminii formosanus (The Indian Awlking)

Number: 13
Family: Hesperiidae
Sub-Family : Coeliadiinae
Species: Choaspes benjaminii formosanus (Fruhstorfer, 1911)
Common name(s): The Indian Awlking
Photography location: Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Prov.)

According to Monastyrskii & Devyatkin (2016), 5 Choaspes species have been recorded in Vietnam - stigmatus, benjaminii, subcaudatus, furcatus and xanthopogon.

Like other Choaspes species, C. benjaminii is found in primary and advanced secondary forests. It is attracted to flowers and animal and bird droppings. It frequents the shade in the daytime but is found flying in the open during the early and late hours of the day. Not often encountered, even though it is probably not uncommon.

What a cracking little chap !

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