Kedestes chaca

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Kedestes chaca
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erionotini
Genus: Kedestes
Species: K. chaca
Binomial name
Kedestes chaca
(Trimen, 1873)[1]
  • Pyrgus chaca Trimen, 1873

Kedestes chaca, the Shaka's ranger or Shaka's skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in South Africa, from the southern and eastern slopes of the Drakensberg foothills in the eastern Cape through the Kokstad area into KwaZulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 36–38 mm for males and 38–44 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to April (with a peak from December to January). There is one generation per year.[2]


  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.