Spialia paula

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Mite sandman
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Spialia
Species: S. paula
Binomial name
Spialia paula
(Higgins, 1925)[1]
  • Hesperia paula Higgins, 1925

Spialia paula, the mite sandman, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in Botswana, Transvaal and Zimbabwe. The habitat consists of dry savanna.

The wingspan is 20–27 mm.[2] This is a small butterfly that is primarily brown with white spots on the dorsal side of the wings.[2] Adults are on wing between August and April.[2] Adults of both sexes feed from flowers.[3]


  1. ^ Spialia at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Pyrginae