Eretis djaelaelae

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Eretis djaelaelae
Marbled elf (Eretis djaelaelae).jpg
Kibale Forest, Uganda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Eretis
Species: E. djaelaelae
Binomial name
Eretis djaelaelae
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
Synonyms
  • Pterygospidea djaelaelae Wallengren, 1857

Eretis djaelaelae, the marbled elf, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Somalia to South Africa to Angola and Abyssinia. The habitat consists of savanna woodland and sometimes also grassland.[2] Similar to Eretis umbra but has white forelegs.

The wingspan is 31–35 mm for males and 34–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, and it is more common in warmer areas. Peaks occur from September to March in southern Africa.[3]

The larvae feed on Phaulopsis imbricata, Chaetacanthus setiger, Dyschoriste and Justicia species (including Justicia protracta).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eretis 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.