Kedestes wallengrenii

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Kedestes wallengrenii
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Tribe: Erionotini
Genus: Kedestes
Species: K. wallengrenii
Binomial name
Kedestes wallengrenii
(Trimen, 1883)[1]
Synonyms
  • Thymelicus wallengrenii Trimen, 1883
  • Baracus fenestratus Butler, 1894

Kedestes wallengrenii, Wallengren's ranger or Wallengren's skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal, Zimbabwe and from Mozambique to Kenya. The habitat consists of grassland and woodland.[2]

The wingspan is 27–31 mm for males and 30-35 for females. Adults are on wing from August to November and from February to April. There are two generations per year.[3]

The larvae probably feed on Imperata cylindrica.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Kedestes wallengrenii wallengrenii (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, Free State Province, KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Kedestes wallengrenii fenestratus (Butler, 1894) (Tanzania, Malawi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kedestes at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Hesperiinae
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.