Sarangesa motozi

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Sarangesa motozi
Sarangesa motozi Umdoni.JPG
Winter form
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Sarangesa
Species: S. motozi
Binomial name
Sarangesa motozi
  • Pterygospidea motozi Wallengren, 1857[2]
  • Nisoniades pato Trimen, 1862
  • Sape ophthalmica Mabille, 1891
  • Sape pertusa Mabille, 1891
  • Sarangesa helmi Karsch, 1896
  • Sarangesa ophthalmica ophthalmicodes Strand, 1912

Sarangesa motozi, the forest elfin or elfin skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family, and native to southern and eastern Africa.

Summer form


The wingspan is 36–38 mm for males and 38–40 mm for females. The upper surface of the wings are variegated brown and grey.


This species is found from Cape Town and the eastern side of South Africa,[3] to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Angola, and to Kenya and Ethiopia.

Life cycle[edit]


The larvae feed on Barleria, Justicia and Peristrophe species, including Peristrophe hensii.


Adults are on wing year-round, although they are scarcer in the dry season.[4]


  1. ^ Sarangesa at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Wallengren, H. D. J. (1857). "Lepidoptera Rhopalocera, in Terra Caffrorum Annis 1838-1845 Collecta a J. A. Wahlberg". Kungliga Svenska Vetenskaps Akademiens handlingar. 2 (4): 53–54. 
  3. ^ Biodiversity data provided by: Data contributors to the Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment (SABCA) (list of contributors accessible here: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-03. ), a joint project of the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town, and the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa (accessed via SABCA's online virtual museum, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2011-01-03. , 24 06 2010)
  4. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.