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Butterflies of Africa
Elegant Paradise Skipper
Abantis elegantula  MABILLE, 1890
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe - TAGIADINI
Abantis elegantula, Wli Falls, Ghana Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Abantis comprises of 23 species, all of which are confined to sub-Saharan Africa.
Abantis elegantula is a rare species, found from Sierra Leone to western Kenya and Zambia.
Habitats
This butterfly is found in sunny forest edge habitats, often in the vicinity of streams or waterfalls.
Lifecycle
The lifecycle is unknown. The larval foodplants of other Abantis species include Euphorbiaceae, Annonaceae, Sapindaceae and Sterculiaceae.
Adult behaviour

Males of this species are usually seen singly, when imbibing moisture from damp paths in forest edge habitats. They have a rapid whirring flight close to the ground, and usually fully outspread their wings while feeding. If disturbed they do not generally return to the same spot.

 

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