Netrobalane canopus

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Netrobalane canopus
Netrobalane canopus Ilanda Wilds.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Netrobalane
Species: N. canopus
Binomial name
Netrobalane canopus
(Trimen, 1864)[1]
  • Caprona canopus Trimen, 1864
  • Caprona canopus var. orientalis Aurivillius, 1925

Netrobalane canopus, the buff-tipped skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in savannah in Africa, from South Africa to Kenya to Nigeria and southern Sudan.

The wingspan is 26–44 mm for males and 42–45 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with peaks from September to November and from February to May in southern Africa.[2]

The larvae feed on Grewia species (including Grewia occidentalis, Grewia similis and Grewia flavescens), Dombeya species (including Dombeya cymosa and Dombeya calantha), Hibiscus and Pavonia species (including Pavonia macrophylla and Pavonia burchelli).


  1. ^ Netrobalane 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.