Neha Patil

Gretna balenge

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Kingdom  Animalia
Family  Hesperiidae
Genus  Gretna
Order  Butterflies and moths
Class  Insecta
Phylum  Arthropoda
Rank  Species
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Similar  Andronymus neander, Andronymus, Pseudacraea eurytus, Pseudacraea boisduvali, Charaxes fulvescens

Gretna balenge, the giant crepuscular skipper, is a butterfly in the Hesperiidae family. It is found in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia. The habitat consists of all areas where suitable palms grow.

Adults are attracted to various kinds of foul substances.

The larvae feed on Raphia farinifera and Eremospatha species.

Subspecies

  • Gretna balenge balenge (Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, western Uganda, north-western Tanzania, northern Zambia)
  • Gretna balenge zowa Lindsey & Miller, 1965 (Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo)
  • References

    Gretna balenge Wikipedia


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