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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Butterflies

Compilation of this checklist would not have been possible without the data and technical assistance provided by the UCT-ADU SABCA project and virtual museum.

Information from nature reserve checklists compiled by Chuck Saunders, updated with additions from Chuck Saunders, 5 November 2009, plus additional photographic records. Numbers quoted are from Pennington's Butterflies. Nomenclature updated in 2012, as per the SABCA virtual museum.

Photos to illustrate the checklist provided by Christopher K. Willis, I.C. and A. Sharp, Justin Bode, Peter Webb, Steve Woodall, Ralda & Louis Heyns, G. Diedericks, J.C. McMaster, M. Holmes, Geoff Nichols, Michael Purves and Kate Braun.

Swaziland's Butterflies - Families
(For detailed information on each species, click on the species name.)

 
Hesperiidae

skippers
659 Pyrrhiades anchises anchises
   One-pip policeman
Possibly found in Swaziland
660 Coeliades libeon
   Spotless policeman
Mlawula
661 Coeliades forestan forestan
   Striped policeman
Malolotja Mlawula
662 Coeliades pisistratus
   Two-pip policeman
Malolotja Mlawula
663 Coeliades lorenzo
   Coastal Red-tab policeman
Malolotja Mlawula
663 Coeliades keithloa
   Red-tab policeman
Mlawula
665 Celaenorrhinus mokeezi separata
   Christmas forester
Malolotja
667 Tagiades flesus
   Clouded forester
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
668 Eagris nottoana nottoana
   Rufous-winged elfin
Mlawula
672 Eretis djaelaelae
   Marbled elf
Malolotja
673 Eretis umbra umbra
   Small marbled elf
Malolotja
676 Sarangesa phidyle
   Small elfin
Mlawula
677 Sarangesa seineri seineri
   Dark elfin
Mlawula
678 Sarangesa motozi
   Elfin skipper
Malolotja Mlawula
682 Netrobalane canopus
   Buff-tipped skipper
Malolotja Mlawula
683 Caprona pillaana
   Ragged skipper
Mlawula
685 Leucochitonea levubu
   White-cloaked skipper
Mlawula
686 Abantis tettensis
   Spotted velvet skipper
Mlawula
690 Abantis paradisea
   Paradise skipper
Mlawula
691 Abantis venosa
   Veined skipper
Mlawula
693 Spialia delagoae
   Delagoa sandman
Mlawula
695 Spialia depauperata australis
   Wandering sandman
696 Spialia asterodia
   Star sandman
Possibly found in Swaziland
697 Spialia agylla agylla
   Grassveld sandman
Possibly found in Swaziland
698 Spialia colotes transvaaliae
   Bushveld sandman
Mlawula
700 Spialia secessus
   Seasonal Sandman
Malolotja
701 Spialia dromus
   Forest sandman
Malolotja Mlawula
702 Spialia diomus ferax
   Common sandman
Malolotja Mlawula
703 Spialia spio
   Mountain sandman
Malolotja Mlawula
704 Spialia mafa mafa
   Mafa sandman
Possibly found in Swaziland
706 Gomalia elma elma
   Green-marbled skipper
Mlawula
711 Metisella metis paris
   Gold-spotted sylph
Malolotja
713 Metisella willemi
   Netted sylph
Possibly found in Swaziland
714 Metisella meninx
   Marsh sylph
Possibly found in Swaziland
716 Tsitana tsita
   Dismal sylph
Malolotja
720 Astictopterus inornatus
   Modest sylph
Possibly found in Swaziland
723 Kedestes mohozutza
   Fulvous ranger
Malolotja
726 Kedestes nerva nerva
   Scarce ranger
Possibly found in Swaziland
727 Kedestes barberae barberae
   Barber's ranger
Malolotja
730 Kedestes wallengrenii wallengrenii
   Wallengren's ranger
Malolotja
734 Kedestes macomo
   Macomo ranger
Malolotja Mlawula
736 Kedestes callicles
   Pale ranger
Mlawula
742 Parosmodes morantii morantii
   Morant's orange
Mlawula
744 Acleros mackenii mackenii
   Macken's dart
Malolotja
747 Andronymus neander neander
   Common dart
Mlawula
751 Zophopetes dysmephila
   Palm-tree night-fighter
753 Artitropa erinnys erinnys
   Bush night-fighter
754 Fresna nyassae
   Variegated acraea hopper
Mlawula
756 Platylesches ayresii
   Peppered hopper
Malolotja
757 Platylesches neba
   Flower-girl hopper
Possibly found in Swaziland
758 Platylesches galesa
   White-tail hopper
Malolotja
760 Platylesches moritili
   Honey hopper
Malolotja
762 Platylesches picanini
   Banded hopper
Possibly found in Swaziland
764 Zenonia zeno
   Orange-spotted hopper
765 Pelopidas mathias
   Black-banded swift
Mlawula
766 Pelopidas thrax
   White-banded swift
Mlawula
768 Borbo fatuellus fatuellus
   Long-horned swift
Malolotja Mlawula
769 Borbo fallax
   False swift
Mlawula
771 Borbo detecta
   Rusty swift
Malolotja Mlawula
775 Borbo borbonica borbonica
   Olive-haired swift
Malolotja
776 Borbo gemella
   Twin swift
Mlawula
777 Borbo holtzi
   Variable swift
778 Parnara monasi
   Water watchman
Malolotja Mlawula
779 Gegenes pumilio gambica
   Dark hottentot
Mlawula
780 Gegenes niso niso
   Common hottentot
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
781 Gegenes hottentota
   Marsh hottentot skipper

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