Kedestes nerva

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Kedestes nerva
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erionotini
Genus: Kedestes
Species: K. nerva
Binomial name
Kedestes nerva
(Fabricius, 1793)[1]
  • Hesperia nerva Fabricius, 1793
  • Pyrgus tucusa Trimen, 1883
  • Cyclopides paola Plötz, 1884

Kedestes nerva, the scarce ranger or scarce skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal, Zimbabwe, Angola and north-western Zambia.

The wingspan is 27–31 mm for males and 33–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to November and from February to April. There are two generations per year.[2]


  • Kedestes nerva nerva (South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, Free State Province, KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Kedestes nerva paola (Plötz, 1884) (Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Zimbabwe, north-western Zambia)


  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.