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Butterflies of Africa
White-banded Red-eye Skipper
Pteroteinon caenira  HEWITSON, 1867
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - HESPERIINAE
Tribe -
Pteroteinon caenira, Wli Falls, Ghana / Togo border Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The 9 largish members of the genus Pteroteinon are all west African in distribution.
In common with several crepuscular / nocturnal skipper genera from other regions of the world, Pteroteinon species all have red eyes - possibly a factor that helps them to see better in the dark.
The White-banded Red-eye is a common species found from Sierra Leone to western Uganda.
Habitats
This is a forest species, found at altitudes between about 100-1000m.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants are palms - Arecaceae.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies have a very rapid flight, and are active mainly at dusk, but will also fly in overcast conditions in the daytime, and can often be disturbed from rest in the undergrowth. Males visit bird droppings, and are also reported to visit damp sand for moisture.

 

 

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