Abantis paradisea - Paradise skipper

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Abantis paradisea

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, wooded grassland above Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique.

Species details:

Note: Found throughout the year but most common from August to October.
Distribution: Nigeria, Southern DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal South Africa.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
AnnonaceaeAnnona (Larval foodplant)
MalvaceaeHibiscus (Larval foodplant)
Related plant species:
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaePhilenoptera violacea (Larval foodplant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeXeroderris stuhlmannii (Larval foodplant)
PhyllanthaceaeBridelia cathartica subsp. melanthesoides (Food plant)
PhyllanthaceaeBridelia micrantha (Food plant)
PhyllanthaceaePseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia (Food plant)
SapindaceaeLecaniodiscus fraxinifolius (Larval foodplant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 316.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 372.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Hesperiidae subfamily Pyrginae, p. 134, Online Encyclopaedia.

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Abantis paradisea .
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=400210, retrieved 13 December 2017

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