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