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[Zophopetes dysmephila (Trimen)]
Pamphila dysmephila Trimen, 1868: 96 (Kaffraria).
= Pamphila quaternata Mabille, 1876: 268 (Senegambia).
— Hesperia schulzi Plotz, 1882: 326 (Angola).
= Hesperia mucorea Karsch, 1892a: 178 (Baliburg, Cameroon).
Evans (1946: 647) recognizes dysmephila and quaternata as subspecies, limiting the latter to the Senegal-Senegambia area, but there are overlapping records. In view of the rather broad sympatry, it seems better merely to synonymize the Mabille name. Evans' (1937: pi. 24) drawings of the male genitalia of this species and the next appear to be confounded. His drawing of dysmephila is apparently of eery mica, and vice versa. With this fact in mind, the male terminalia of both species conform well to his figures.
Z. dysmephila has not been recorded from Liberia but it is almost certainly a resident of that country since Evans (1937: 143) mentions
Figures 90-91, $ genitalia. Fig. 90, Zoplwpetes eery mica, Harbel, Liberia. Fig. 91, Artitropa c. cotnus, Zorzor, Liberia.
specimens from Senegambia, Senegal, and Uganda south to South Africa and deFleury (1926: 154) records it from Guinea as quaternata. Carnegie Museum specimens are from Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya and Natal.
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Fox, R.M., Lindsey, A.W., Clench, H.K., Miller, L.D. 1965. The Butterflies of Liberia. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society vol. 19. Philadelphia, USA

Zophopetes dysmephila

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Zophopetes dysmephila, the palm-tree nightfighter, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in Mozambique, in South Africa from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, and in Kenya. The habitat consists of moist savanna and forests.[2]

The wingspan is 40–49 mm for males and 45–52 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round with a peak from November to May in southern Africa.[3]

The larvae feed on Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, Phoenix reclinata, Phoenix dactylifera, Phoenix canariensis, Raphia, Borassus and Cocos species.

References

  1. ^ Zophopetes at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Hesperiinae
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.
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Zophopetes dysmephila: Brief Summary

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Zophopetes dysmephila, the palm-tree nightfighter, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found in Mozambique, in South Africa from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, and in Kenya. The habitat consists of moist savanna and forests.

The wingspan is 40–49 mm for males and 45–52 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round with a peak from November to May in southern Africa.

The larvae feed on Chrysalidocarpus lutescens, Phoenix reclinata, Phoenix dactylifera, Phoenix canariensis, Raphia, Borassus and Cocos species.

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