Butterflies of Africa
Common Black Sprite
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
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 (
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