Metisella formosus

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Metisella formosus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Metisella
Species: M. formosus
Binomial name
Metisella formosus
(Butler, 1894)[1]
  • Heteropterus formosus Butler, 1894

Metisella formosus, the beautiful sylph, is a butterfly in the family Hesperiidae. It is found in Malawi, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania.[2] The habitat consists of forest edges.


  • Metisella formosus formosus (Malawi)
  • Metisella formosus linda Evans, 1937 (northern Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Shaba, western Tanzania, western Kenya)
  • Metisella formosus mittoni Carcasson, 1961 (southern Ethiopia)
  • Metisella formosus nyanza Evans, 1937 (Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo: east to Kivu, north-western Tanzania)