Kedestes barberae

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Kedestes barberae
Kedestes barberae-01 (xndr).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erionotini
Genus: Kedestes
Species: K. barberae
Binomial name
Kedestes barberae
(Trimen, 1873)[1]
  • Cyclopides barberae Trimen, 1873
  • Thymelicus barberae

Kedestes barberae, or Barber's ranger, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in southern Africa, from the Cape Province to Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Transvaal, the Orange Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 26–33 mm for males and 29–38 mm for females. Subspecies K. b. bunta has one generation per year, with adults on wing in September. The other subspecies are on wing from October to November and from February to April in two generations.

The larvae feed on Imperata cylindrica.


  • Kedestes barberae barberae (south-western Tanzania, Zambia, eastern Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, Free State Province, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape Province)
  • Kedestes barberae bonsa Evans, 1956 (dry grassland of north-western East Cape and south-eastern North Cape)
  • Kedestes barberae bunta Evans, 1956 (in fynbos on coastal dunes on the Cape Peninsula and the Cape Flats as well as the West Cape)

External links[edit]

  • Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 


  1. ^ Kedestes,