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Celaenorrhinus galenus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Hesperiidae
Genus  Celaenorrhinus
Order  Butterflies and moths
Class  Insecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
Celaenorrhinus galenus
Similar  Celaenorrhinus, Tagiades flesus, Butterflies and moths, Aterica galene, Acraea pharsalus

Celaenorrhinus galenus, the common orange sprite, is a butterfly in the Hesperiidae family. It is found in Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, from Cameroon to Ethiopia and to Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The habitat consists of forests.

Adults of both sexes feed from flowers growing low down along forest paths, including those of Ipomoea palmata. They are on wing from September onwards, becoming commoner in late autumn. There are two generations per year.

The larvae feed on Clerodendrum paniculatum, Hypoestes and Justicia species.

Subspecies

  • Celaenorrhinus galenus galenus (from Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Cameroon to the equatorial zone)
  • Celaenorrhinus galenus biseriata (Butler, 1888) (eastern Kenya, north-eastern Tanzania, Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe)
  • References

    Celaenorrhinus galenus Wikipedia


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