, the Spialia diomus common sandman or Diomus grizzled skipper, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in tropical Africa and south-western Arabia.
wingspan is 27–31 mm for males and 29–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas. In South Africa it is more common in warmer months. In cooler areas adults are on wing from August to April.
The larvae feed on
(including Hibiscus ), Hibiscus aethiopicus , Sida (including Pavonia ), Pavonia burchellii and Waltheria species (including Hermannia , Hermannia diffusa , Hermannia incana , Hermannia comosa and Hermannia depressa ).
Subspecies [ edit ]
Spialia diomus diomus (Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Yemen) Spialia diomus ferax (Wallengren, 1863) (Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho)
References [ edit ]
at Markku Savela's Spialia Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.