Tsitana tulbagha

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Tsitana tulbagha
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Tsitana
Species: T. tulbagha
Binomial name
Tsitana tulbagha
Evans, 1937[1]

Tsitana tulbagha, the Tulbagh sylph, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found in South Africa. The habitat consists of grassy, rocky areas in fynbos and Karoo.[2]

The wingspan is 30–40 mm for males and 40–41 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to December (with a peak from October to November). There is one generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Pseudopentameris macrantha, Danthonia and Merxmuellera species.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Tsitana tulbagha tulbagha (from the western Western Cape mountains to the southern Northern Cape)
  • Tsitana tulbagha kaplani Dickson, 1976 (southern and eastern Western Cape mountains to Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape)

References[edit]

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