Butterflies of Africa
Common White Dart
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Bobiri, Ghana ©
The genus Andronymus
comprises of 10 species, all of which are Afrotropical in
distribution. They and the similar genus
Paronymus are characterised by having a white patch on the
hindwing, which contains within it a small triangular semi-hyaline
window. Paronymus in comparison have a
much straighter edge to the outer margin on the forewing. They are
also larger and differ in the structure of the genitalia.
is the commonest and most widespread member of the genus. It is
found from Sierra Leone to Sudan, and south to Angola, Zambia,
Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
This species is found in primary and secondary forest.
The larval foodplants include
Detarium ( Fabaceae ), and
Phialodiscus and Blighia (
Sapindaceae ). The utilization of dicotyledons as foodplants is very
unusual among Hesperiinae, which in almost every other genus feed on
monocotyledons ( grasses, sedges, palms, bamboos etc ).
butterfly is usually encountered singly when visiting flowers along
the edges of forest roads. It can also be seen along the narrower
trails, darting from leaf to leaf in the undergrowth and pausing
occasionally to feed at bird droppings.