Borbo fallax

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Borbo fallax
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Borbo
Species: B. fallax
Binomial name
Borbo fallax
(Gaede, 1916)[1]
  • Parnara fallax Gaede, 1916

Borbo fallax, the false swift, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in tropical Africa. In South Africa it is found in Swaziland, coastal KwaZulu-Natal, northern Gauteng and the Limpopo Province and the extreme north-east of the North West Province. The habitat consists of coastal bush and moist savanna.[2]

The wingspan is 36–43 mm for males and 41–44 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 and Saccharum species.


  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.