Alenia namaqua

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Alenia namaqua
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Alenia
Species: A. namaqua
Binomial name
Alenia namaqua
Vári, 1974[1]

Alenia namaqua, the Namaqua dancer or Namaqua sandman, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is only known from Namaqualand in the Northern Cape of South Africa, from Calvinia north through Kamiensberg into Namibia.

The wingspan is 21–26 mm for males and 26–29 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Blepharis capensis.


  1. ^ Alenia 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.