Celaenorrhinus mokeezi

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Celaenorrhinus mokeezi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Celaenorrhinus
Species: C. mokeezi
Binomial name
Celaenorrhinus mokeezi
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
  • Pterygospidea mokeezi Wallengren, 1857
  • Apallaga separata Strand, 1911
  • Hesperia amaponda Trimen, 1862

Celaenorrhinus mokeezi, the large sprite, large flat or Christmas forester, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Transkei to KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal and Mozambique. The habitat consists coastal forests and montane forests.[2]

The wingspan is 40–48 mm for males and 45–51 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks in late summer and autumn.[3]

The larvae feed on Isoglossa woodii (buckweed).


  • Celaenorrhinus mokeezi mokeezi (South Africa: from eastern Cape to the southern KwaZulu-Natal coast and midlands)
  • Celaenorrhinus mokeezi separata (Strand, 1911) (southern Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal)


  1. ^ Celaenorrhinus at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Pyrginae
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.