Coeliades anchises

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One-pip policeman
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Coeliades
Species: C. anchises
Binomial name
Coeliades anchises
(Gerstaecker, 1871)[1]
  • Ismene anchises Gerstaecker, 1871
  • Coeliades jucunda
  • Ismene taranis Hewitson, 1876
  • Hesperia jucunda Butler, 1881

Coeliades anchises, the one-pip policeman, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in eastern KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, from Mozambique to Somalia, and in Ethiopia.

The wingspan is 55–70 mm for males and 65–72 mm for females. Adults are on the wing from October to March in southern Africa.[2]

The larvae feed on Triaspis glaucophylla, Dregea angolensis, Marsdenia angolensis, Acridocarpus, Tristellateia and Ficus species.


  • Coeliades anchises anchises
Range: Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, South Africa and Yemen
  • Coeliades anchises jucunda (Butler, 1881)
Range: Socotra


  1. ^ Coeliades 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.