Zenonia zeno

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Zenonia zeno
Zenonia zeno figure 6
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Hesperiidae
Genus: Zenonia
Species: Z. zeno
Binomial name
Zenonia zeno
(Trimen, 1864)[1]
  • Pamphila zeno Trimen, 1864
  • Pamphila splendens Mabille, 1877
  • Hesperia coanza Plötz, 1883
  • Padraona watsoni Butler, 1894
  • Padraona zeno var. zenides Strand, 1918

Zenonia zeno, the orange-spotted skipper, orange-spotted bellboy or common bellboy, is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal, Zimbabwe and Mozambique to eastern Africa and to Nigeria. The habitat consists of forests and coastal bush.

Adults are brown with extensive orange markings. The whole of the forewing cell and the hindwing discal band are orange. Adults are on wing year round. Both sexes are attracted to flowers.[2]

Larvae feed on various grasses, but also on Gramineae species, including cultivated maize and sorghums.