Leucochitonea levubu

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White-cloaked skipper
Leucochitonea levubu, J Dobson, a.jpg
White-cloaked Skipper (Leucochitonea levubu) (6021449911), crop.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Leucochitonea
Species: L. levubu
Binomial name
Leucochitonea levubu
Wallengren, 1857[1]
  • Sapaea lactea Plötz, 1885
  • Abantis levebu f. defecta Aurivillius, 1925

Leucochitonea levubu, the white-cloaked skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Botswana to the former Transvaal and to Zimbabwe. The habitat consists of dry savanna.[2]

The wingspan is 30–40 mm for males and 35–45 mm for females. Adults are on the wing from November to April (with a peak from January to February). There is one extended generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Grewia flava.


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