Taractrocera ceramas

Taractrocera ceramas

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Tamil grass dart
Underside of wings
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Taractrocera
Species: T. ceramas
Binomial name
Taractrocera ceramas
(Hewitson, 1868)

Taractrocera ceramas, commonly known as the Tamil grass dart, is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae. It is found from the western Ghats to Bombay, in the hills of southern India,in northern Burma and in south-eastern China.

In India the species are found from sea level to 1.100 m in grassy roads and jungle-covered slopes and also above 2.000 m where it avoids scrub and jungle and there is sunshine. [1]


  • Taractrocera ceramas nicevillei Watson, 1893 (southern half of India)
  • Taractrocera ceramas oberthuri Elwes & Edwards, 1897 (southern half of India)
  • Taractrocera ceramas atropunctata Watson, 1896 (north-eastern India, northern Burma)
  • Taractrocera ceramas ceramas (southern half of India)
  • Taractrocera ceramas media Evans, 1934 (southern half of India)
  • Taractrocera ceramas thelma Evans, 1934 (south-eastern China) [1] [2]



  1. ^ a b R. de Jong. "Phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Taractrocera Butler, 1870 (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae), an example of Southeast Asian-Australian interchange" (PDF): p. 395. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 
  2. ^ "Taractrocera ceramas Hewitson, 1868 – Tawny-spotted Grass Dart". Butterflies of India. Indian Foundation for Butterflies. Retrieved 14 September 2017. 

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