Astictopterus inornatus

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Astictopterus inornatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Astictopterus
Species: A. inornatus
Binomial name
Astictopterus inornatus
(Trimen, 1864)[1]
  • Cyclopides inornatus Trimen, 1864

Astictopterus inornatus, the modest sylph, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in South Africa in Afromontane forests from the East Cape, east along the Drakensberg foothills to the KwaZulu-Natal midlands and the coastal forests and rivers.

The wingspan is 24–29 mm for males and 27–29 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to April (with a peak in January). There are multiple generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Imperata cylindrica and Imperata arundinacea.


  1. ^ Astictopterus 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.