Platylesches dolomitica

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Platylesches dolomitica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Platylesches
Species: P. dolomitica
Binomial name
Platylesches dolomitica
Henning & Henning, 1997[1]

Platylesches dolomitica, the hilltop hopper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is only known from dolomite ridges near Steelpoort in Mpumalanga, Horns Nek near Pretoria and Carletonville in Gauteng. The habitat consists of dolomite ridges in bushveld and sour grassland.[2]

The wingspan is 32–35 mm for males and 33–37 mm for females. Adults are on wing from August to September. There is one generation per year.[3]

The larvae probably feed on Parinari capensis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Platylesches 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.