Sarangesa phidyle

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Sarangesa phidyle
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Sarangesa
Species: S. phidyle
Binomial name
Sarangesa phidyle
(Walker, 1870)[1]
  • Cyclopides phidyle Walker, 1870
  • Achlyodes besa Mabille, 1891
  • Sape eliminata Holland, 1896
  • Sarangesa eliminata
  • Sarangesa eliminata deserticola Rebel, 1907
  • Sarangesa phidyle f. varia Evans, 1937

Sarangesa phidyle, the orange flat or small elfin, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Botswana, south-west Africa, Saudi Arabia, Sudan. In South Africa it is found from the eastern Cape to Swaziland, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo Province, the North West Province and Gauteng.

The wingspan is 26–38 mm. Adults are on wing year-round, although they are scarcer in winter and the dry season.[2]

The larvae feed on Barleria and Peristrophe species (including Peristrophe hensii).


  1. ^ Sarangesa 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.