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Butterflies of Africa
Scarce Pathfinder Skipper
Pardaleodes sator  WESTWOOD, 1852
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
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Pardaleodes sator, Amedzofe, Likpe Hills, Ghana Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Pardaleodes comprises of 6 species, all of which are entirely African in distribution.
Pardaleodes sator is found across most of tropical sub-Sahara Africa from Senegal to Congo.
The popular name is misleading, as while it is certainly less common than it's relative edipus, it is by no means a rarity.
Habitats
This species is found mainly along tracks and roads through degraded forest.
Lifecycle
The larvae feed nocturnally on grasses including Oplismenus ( Poaceae ).
Adult behaviour

Both sexes nectar at a wide range of flowers but are particularly attracted to species with yellow or white petals. They can be found basking on sunny mornings on the foliage of bushes and grasses, but as the day warms up they become very active, flying rapidly from flower to flower, and holding their wings erect while feeding. By midday it is generally too hot for them to continue flying so they seek shade beneath bushes.

 

 

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