Fresna nyassae

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Fresna nyassae
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Fresna nyassae figure 8
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Fresna
Species: F. nyassae
Binomial name
Fresna nyassae
(Hewitson, 1878)[1]
Synonyms
  • Hesperia nyassae Hewitson, 1878
  • Parnara nyassae f. ennuari Riley, 1921
  • Hesperia roncilgonis Plötz, 1882
  • Fresna nyassae f. plata Evans, 1937
  • Fresna nyassae f. joppa Evans, 1937

Fresna nyassae, the variegated Acraea skipper or variegated Acraea hopper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Ghana and Kenya to South Africa.

The wingspan is 34–38 mm for males and 39–42 mm for females.[2] The underside is pale purple or yellowish, with black spots. Adults are on wing year-round, but are commonest in spring and summer.

The larvae feed on Albizia species, Julbernardia globiflora and Paullinia pinnata. First instar larvae are bright scarlet with a black head. Later instars are whitish with a brown head. The final instar is smooth and white with a broken black dorsal stripe and a reddish-brown head with symmetrical orange markings.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fresna 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. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Hesperiinae