Spialia depauperata

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Spialia depauperata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Spialia
Species: S. depauperata
Binomial name
Spialia depauperata
(Strand, 1911)[1]
  • Hesperia ferax var. depauperata Strand, 1911
  • Syrichthus rehfousi Oberthür, 1912

Spialia depauperata, the wandering sandman or deprived grizzled skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Kenya to Natal and in Uganda.

The wingspan is 23–28 mm for males and 31–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks from September to December and from January to March in southern Africa.[2]

The larvae feed on Melhania species.


  • Spialia depauperata depauperata (Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique)
  • Spialia depauperata australis de Jong, 1978 (Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern and eastern Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa: from northern KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland and Mpumalanga to the Limpopo Province)


  1. ^ Spialia 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.