Caprona pillaana

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Caprona pillaana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Caprona
Species: C. pillaana
Binomial name
Caprona pillaana
  • Stethotrix heterogyna Mabille, 1889

Caprona pillaana, the ragged skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, from Mozambique to eastern Africa, Ethiopia and south-western Arabia.

The wingspan is 30–37 mm for males and 35–44 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with peaks from September to November and from March to May in southern Africa.[2]

The larvae feed on Grewia species (including Grewia flava and Grewia monticola), Dombeya species (including Dombeya rotundifolia and Dombeya burgessiae) and Sterculia quinqueloba.


  1. ^ Caprona 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.