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Thread: ID confirmation, please!

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    Default ID confirmation, please!

    Dear Dr Seow,

    Is this a Besta Palm Dart please? Found the 5th instar caterpillar on the Elephant Grass.








    Thanks,

    Regards,
    Cheng Ai

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    Yes. It should be correct as a female Telicota besta.

    The females are more difficult.
    Not withstanding there seem some mislabelled images on the net.


    T. linna female.
    Rather pale, Veins across the HW band not dark-dusted.
    Face & abdomen noticeably paler than others.
    https://www.butterflycircle.com/chec..._female_02.jpg


    T. colon female.
    FW with spots of the band arranged in a stepladder arrangement as in the male.
    https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/me...576a1d4c-2.jpg


    The females of the next two are more often confused.

    T. augias female.
    HW more orange & uniform, the HW band not contrasted from the ground colour; veins lightly dark-dusted.
    Abdomen mainly of the same orangey tone as the HW.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oeax9BCEjg...ias_female.jpg


    T. besta female.
    Yellower, the HW veins lightly dark-dusted.
    HW band paler & contrasted from the ground colour.
    Abdomen a little paler .
    https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OEM0FaXJU..._female_01.jpg


    TL Seow: Cheers.
    Last edited by Psyche; 14-Dec-2020 at 12:33 PM.

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    Thanks Dr Seow.

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