Butterflies of Africa
Common Black Sprite
Celaenorrhinus proxima  MABILLE, 1877
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Tribe -
Celaenorrhinus proxima, Bobiri forest, Ghana Adrian Hoskins
There are about 130 species in the genus Celaenorrhinus, of which 24 are found in the Neotropical region, 50 are found in various parts of eastern Asia, and 45 are Afrotropical.
Celaenorrhinus proxima is one of the commonest and most widespread species, being found from Guinea to Uganda and western Tanzania.
This species is found in rainforest, including degraded and secondary forest, and can be found in low numbers along logging roads, in glades, and around the edges of clearings.
The larval foodplant is Mimulopsis ( Acanthaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Both sexes can be found early in the morning, when they bask on bushes or low herbage. They are very fast on the wing, but not nervous in disposition, unlike their hyperactive relative galenus !  If disturbed they usually fly and settle on another leaf a few metres away, but males invariably return to their original perches. I have not observed either sex at flowers, or seen males mud-puddling.



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