Borbo lugens

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Borbo lugens
Borbo lugens figure 13
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Borbo
Species: B. lugens
Binomial name
Borbo lugens
(Hopffer, 1855)[1]
  • Pamphila lugens Hopffer, 1855
  • Pamphila xylos Mabille, 1890
  • Baoris maranga Butler, 1900
  • Suastus plana Swinhoe, 1915

Borbo lugens, the lesser horned swift or lesser horned skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in eastern Africa and South Africa. The habitat consists of grassy clearings in dense woodland and forests.[2]

The wingspan is 30–35 mm for males and 36–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, but are more common from October to May in southern Africa.[3]

The larvae feed on Ehrharta erecta, Setaria sulcata, Setaria megaphylla, Panicum (including Panicum deustrum), Stipa and Pennisetum 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.