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Striped Policeman

Coeliades forestan


The Striped Policeman (Coeliades forestan) is a butterfly of the Hesperiidae family. It is found from Transkei to Zimbabwe and to Botswana. It is also present on Madagascar. The wingspan is 45–55 mm for males and 55–64 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round in warmer areas with peaks September to April. The larvae feed on a wide range of plants, including Parinari curatellifolia, Lonchocarpus capassa, Combretum bracteosum, Combretum apiculatum, Solanum auriculatum, Solanum mauritianum, Millettia sutherlandii, Sphedamnocarpus rhamni, Sphedamnocarpus pruriens and Robinia pseudacacia.


Spotted on flowers in the garden


Very elusive skipper

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Lat: 9.60, Long: 8.00

Spotted on Aug 21, 2013
Submitted on Sep 1, 2013

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