Coeliades libeon

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Coeliades libeon
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Coeliades
Species: C. libeon
Binomial name
Coeliades libeon
(Druce, 1875)[1]
  • Ismene libeon Druce, 1875
  • Ismene unicolor Mabille, 1877
  • Ismene andonginis Plötz, 1884
  • Ismene brussauxi Mabille, 1891

Coeliades libeon, the spotless policeman, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in tropical Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and is an uncommon migrant to South Africa.

The wingspan is 45–52 mm for males and 50–55 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to May in southern Africa and in the winter in subtropical areas.[2]

The larvae feed on Drypetes (including Drypetes gerrardii), Cassia and Millettia species.


  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.