Butterflies of Africa
Western Dusky Dart
Paracleros placidus  PLÖTZ, 1879
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
Tribe -
Paracleros placidus, Bunso, Ghana © Adrian Hoskins
The genus Paracleros comprises of 6 species, all wholly African in distribution. Three of these are extremely similar, and were all grouped together under the name placidus, until 1978 when Berger proved with DNA analysis that they were distinct species. They can only be told apart with certainty by dissecting and microscopically examining the genitalia, so my determination of the illustrated species as placidus must be considered speculative.
The known range of Paracleros placidus extends from Cote d'Ivoire to Togo, but it is likely to also occur further east and west.
This species is found in grassy areas within forest, typically in the shade beneath forest edge trees, or along shady logging roads.
The larval foodplants are grasses, but the exact species used are not recorded..
Adult behaviour

Both sexes commonly visit the flowers of herbaceous plants for nectar. As befits their vernacular name, they have a rapid darting flight, rarely fly more than a few centimetres above ground level.



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