Family: Hesperiidae (skipper butterflies)

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Genera indigenous to southern Africa

Subfamily: Coeliadinae

 
 

Coeliades

 

Subfamily: Hesperiinae

 
 

Acada

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Acada biseriata (Axehead orange, Axehead skipper)

 

Acleros

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Acleros mackenii (Macken's dart, pictured) and Acleros ploetzi

 

Ampittia

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Ampittia capenas

 
 

Andronymus

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Andronymus caesar (White dart) and Andronymus neander (Common dart , Nomad dart)

 
 

Artitropa

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Artitropa erinnys (Bush night-fighter) and Artitropa reducta.

 
 

Astictopterus

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Astictopterus inornatus (Modest sylph, pictured left) and Astictopterus stellatus.

 

Borbo

 

 

Chondrolepis

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Chondrolepis niveicornis.

 
 

Fresna

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Fresna nyassae (Vagriegated acraea hopper)

 
 

Gegenes

 

 

Gorgyra

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Gorgyra johnstoni

 
 

Kedestes

 

 

Metisella

 

 

Moltena

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Moltena fiara (Strelitzia night-fighter, Banana-tree night-fighter)

 
 

Parnara

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Parnara monasi (Water watchman, water skipper)

 

Parosmodes

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Parosmodes morantii (Morant's orange, Morant's skipper)

 
 

Pelopidas

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Pelopidas mathias (Black-banded swift, pictured right) and Pelopidas thrax (White-banded swift)

 

Platylesches

 

 

Semalea

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Semalea arela and Semalea pulvina.

 
 

Teniorhinus

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Teniorhinus haronus and Teniorhinus herilus.

 
 

Tsitana

 

 

Xanthodisca

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Xanthodisca vibia.

 
 

Zenonia

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Zenonia zeno (Orange-spotted hopper, Orange-spotted skipper)

 

Zophopetes

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Zophopetes dysmephila (Palm-tree night-fighter)

Subfamily: Pyrginae

 
 

Abantis

 

 

Alenia

 

 
 

Calleagris

 

 

Caprona

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Caprona cassualalla and Caprona pillaana (Ragged skipper)

 
 

Celaenorrhinus

 

 

Eagris

Two species indigenous to southern Africa: Eagris nottoana (Rufous-winged flat, Rufous-winged elfin)

 

Eretis

 

 

Gomalia

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Gomalia elma (Green-marbled sandman)

 
 

Leucochitonea

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Leucochitonea levubu (White-cloaked skipper)

 

Netrobalane

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Netrobalane canopus (Buff-tipped skipper)

 

Sarangesa

 

 
 

Spialia

 

 

Tagiades

One species indigenous to southern Africa: Tagiades flesus (Clouded flat, clouded forester, clouded skipper)

Publications

  • VÁRI, L., KROON, D.M., & KRÜGER, M. 2002. Classification and checklist of the species of Lepidoptera recorded in southern Africa. Simple Solutions, Chatswood Australia.

 


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