Kedestes lenis

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Kedestes lenis
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Mating pair
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erionotini
Genus: Kedestes
Species: K. lenis
Binomial name
Kedestes lenis
Riley, 1932[1][2]

Kedestes lenis, the unique ranger, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in South Africa.

The wingspan is 26–31 mm for males and 29–35 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to March (with a peak in spring for subspecies K. l. lenis and in midsummer for subspecies K. l. alba). There is one generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Imperata cylindrica and Imperata arundinacea.


  • Kedestes lenis lenis (Strandfontein east of Muizenberg in West Cape)
  • Kedestes lenis alba Henning, Henning, Joannou & Woodhall, 1997 (mountains in northern East Cape and Orange Free State, and along the south-eastern foothills of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal)


  1. ^ Kedestes at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Riley, N. D. (1932). "New African and Arabian Butterflies". Annals and Magazine of Natural History. Ser. 10. 10 (56): 150–152. doi:10.1080/00222933208673555. 
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.