Andronymus neander

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Andronymus neander
Andronymus neander figure 23
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Andronymus
Species: A. neander
Binomial name
Andronymus neander
(Plötz, 1884)[1]
  • Apaustus neander Plötz, 1884
  • Ancyloxypha producta Trimen & Bowker, 1889
  • Andronymus neander torosa Evans, 1947
  • Andronymus thomasi Riley, 1928

Andronymus neander, the common dart or nomad dart, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in tropical Africa. The habitat consists of moist woodland, forest margins and riparian vegetation, from sea level up to altitudes of 2,400 metres.[2]

The wingspan is 38–46 mm for males and 42–48 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to April in South Africa. There are continuous generations year-round further north.[3]

The larvae feed on Brachystegia species (including Brachystegia spiciformis), Afzelia africana and Acridocarpus smeathmannii.


  • Andronymus neander neander (Senegal, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Central African Republic, Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, northern Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Andronymus neander thomasi Riley, 1928 (São Tomé and Príncipe)


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