Acada biseriata

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Acada biseriata
Axehead skipper.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Acada
Species: A. biseriata
Binomial name
Acada biseriata
(Mabille, 1893)[1]
Synonyms
  • Pamphila biseriata Mabille, 1893
  • Acada biseriatus
  • Pamphila zimbazo Trimen, 1894
  • Parosmodes icteria f. icteriana Strand, 1921

Acada biseriata, the axehead skipper or axehead orange, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in Zimbabwe, from Mozambique to Kenya and in Zaire. It was recently discovered in the eastern part of the Soutpansberg in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

The wingspan is 25–30 mm for males and 25–35 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round (with a peak in late summer and autumn in Zimbabwe and Mozambique). In South Africa it has only been found in December.[2]

The larvae feed on Brachystegia species, including Brachystegia spiciformis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Acada at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.