Thursday, July 5, 2007

PAINTBRUSH SWIFT

The Paintbrush Swift Baoris farri, is a common species in lowland-midland riparian regions of the southern ghats.This species also has a mangroove/marsh association its because its foodplant Ochlandra is found in such areas.It also feeds on a number of other bamboos and Tiger bamboo seems to be a local favourite.
Caterpillars are green with black and white head with a single oval black spot on each lobe face.
The Males have a tuft of paintbrush like hair on hindwing cell on upperside hence the name.
A similar species Baoris penicilliata is found in Srilanka.

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