Kedestes callicles

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Kedestes callicles
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erionotini
Genus: Kedestes
Species: K. callicles
Binomial name
Kedestes callicles
(Hewitson, 1868)[1]
  • Cyclopides callicles Hewitson, 1868
  • Hesperia aleta Plötz, 1883

Kedestes callicles, the pale ranger, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Transvaal, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

The wingspan is 27–29 mm for males and 31–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing from November to April (with a peak from February to March). There is one extended generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Imperata cylindrica.[3]


  1. ^ Kedestes 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