Butterflies of Africa
Scarce Pathfinder Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
Amedzofe, Likpe Hills, Ghana
© Adrian Hoskins
The genus Pardaleodes
comprises of 6 species, all of which are entirely African in
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.
This species is found mainly along tracks and roads through degraded
The larvae feed nocturnally on grasses including
Oplismenus ( Poaceae ).
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.