Acleros mackenii

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Acleros mackenii
Macken's skipper (Acleros mackenii instabilis).jpg
A. m. instabilis
Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Acleros
Species: A. mackenii
Binomial name
Acleros mackenii
(Trimen, 1868)[1]
  • Pamphila mackenii Trimen, 1868
  • Acleros nyassicola Strand, 1921
  • Acleros mackenii f. denia Evans, 1937
  • Apaustus olaus Plötz, 1884
  • Acleros instabilis Mabille, 1890

Acleros mackenii, the Macken's skipper or Macken's dart, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from the East Cape to KwaZulu-Natal and in Zimbabwe.

The wingspan is 27–32 mm for males and 29–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round but are more common in late summer, autumn and winter than in the hotter midsummer months.[2]

The larvae feed on Rhus species (including Rhus corarius) and Acridocarpus species (including Acridocarpus smeathmanni).


  • Acleros mackenii mackenii (possibly Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape Province)
  • Acleros mackenii olaus (Plötz, 1884) (Guinea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic Congo, southern Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi)
  • Acleros mackenii instabilis Mabille, 1890 (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia)


  1. ^ Acleros 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.