Pelopidas mathias mathias: Small Branded Swift Butterfly

Pelopidas mathias, commonly known as the Dark Small-branded Swift, Small Branded Swift, Lesser Millet Skipper or Black Branded Swift, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. It is found throughout much of Southeast and East Asia, and as far as the Philippines. It is also present in Tropical Africa.

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Pelopidas mathias is considered a pest to rice-growing cultures. Newly hatched caterpillars are especially voracious in eating young seedlings.

Photo: Pasir Ris Park and Nature Reserve, Singapore [20160228]

Source: Wikipedia

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