Erionota thrax thrax

Linnaeus 1767 - Common Banana Skipper

The English name says it all! This large species is very common and found everywhere its hostplant, Banana, is grown, which is nearly every Thai garden. It is crepuscular in habit, more often seen in the evenings than early morning. During the day, it rests in deep shade.

Flight Period



58 - 70mm.

Early Stages

Fully known. Further details available in Life Histories of Asian Butterflies, volume 2, page 686.

Larval Foodplant

Musa sapientum (Musaceae), Calamus sp. and Licuala grandis (both Palmae)


NE India, down through the Malay Peninsular to the Lesser Sunda Islands and Sulawesi. Other subspecies on the Philippines and the Moluccas.