Tsitana uitenhaga

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

Tsitana uitenhaga, the Uitenhage sylph, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is only known from dry grassy scrubland in the Nama Karoo from the Western Cape to the Eastern Cape in South Africa. The habitat consists of grassy areas and riverbeds in hot, dry, scrubby areas in the southern Karoo.[2]

The wingspan is 30–35 mm for males and 31–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to March (with a peak from October to November). There is one extended generation per year.[3]

The larvae feed on Stipa dregeana.


  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.