Borbo detecta

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Borbo detecta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Borbo
Species: B. detecta
Binomial name
Borbo detecta
(Trimen, 1893)[1]
  • Pamphila detecta Trimen, 1893
  • Pamphila fallatus Mabille; Holland, 1896
  • Pamphila pyrrhobaphes Mabille, 1898
  • Baoris auritinctus Butler, 1898

Borbo detecta, the rusty swift, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from South Africa to eastern Africa and Zaire. In South Africa it is found in Swaziland and lowland riverine forests and savannah in KwaZulu-Natal to south-eastern Mpumalanga. The habitat consists of moist woodland.[2]

The wingspan is 34–36 mm for males and 36–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, but are scarcer in winter in southern Africa.[3]

The larvae feed on various Poaceae species, including Ehrharta erecta.


  1. ^ Borbo 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.