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Orange Dart

Suniana sunias


This small butterfly of the Hesperiidae family has a wingspan of about 20 mm. Forewing is bright orange with a thick black outer edge and a parallel black stripe; hindwing is black with a thick orange band. It is paler underneath.


Spotted in a meadow in the middle of mixed eucalypt/kunzea forest. Distribution: coastal eastern Queensland and New South Wales. Different subspecies in the Northern Territory. Also Moluccas to New Guinea and Solomon Islands.


Note: ID is provisional as there are several species of Suniana, Ocybasdites and Taractrocera which can be difficult to distinguish. Note the proboscis on the second shot.

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DanielePralong 3 years ago

I like them too Ashish! This one has a very quick darting flight.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 3 years ago

I love such skippers, their quick flights are very amazing and unexpected...

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thank you Nopayahnah!

Maria dB
Maria dB 3 years ago

Very nice shot!

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thank you Carol!

CarolSnowMilne 3 years ago

Gorgeous butterfly and flower! Wonderful Shot!

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Thanks Atul, Satyen and Karen!

KarenL 3 years ago

A really pretty photo!

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago


Atul 3 years ago

Lovely !

Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

Lat: -34.15, Long: 150.83

Spotted on Mar 8, 2012
Submitted on Apr 10, 2012

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