Gegenes hottentota

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Gegenes hottentota
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Gegenes
Species: G. hottentota
Binomial name
Gegenes hottentota
(Latreille, 1824)[1]
  • Hesperia hottentota Latreille, 1824
  • Pamphila obumbrata Trimen, 1891

Gegenes hottentota, the marsh Hottentot skipper, Hottentot skipper or Latreille's skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in Africa and south-western Arabia. The habitat consists of marshy areas with thick grass, especially in valleys.[2]

The wingspan is 31–34 mm for males and 31–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas (with a peak from April to May).[3]

The larvae feed on Oldenlandia corymbosa.


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