Butterflies of Africa
Ploetz's Grizzled Skipper
Family - HESPERIIDAE
subfamily - PYRGINAE
Ghana © Adrian
The genus Spialia
is very closely allied to Pyrgus, and
comprises of about 30 species worldwide, the majority of which are
wholly or partly Afrotropical in distribution.
The commonest and
most widespread species is spio, which
is found on savannahs and agricultural land in almost every country
on the continent.
Spialia ploetzi is found from Guinea
and Sierra Leone to Congo, Uganda, western Kenya and north-west
This species is found in transitional habitats including forest
clearings, agricultural land, and river embankments. It also occurs
around villages, in gardens and on flowery wasteland.
The only recorded foodplant is Triumfetta
( Tiliaceae ), but it is likely that Malvaceae and possibly
Sterculiaceae are also used, as in related species.
butterflies have a very rapid whirring flight, just above ground
level, where they whiz about in circles and figure-of-eights, and are
impossible to follow by eye. They settle frequently however to nectar
at flowers, and on overcast days can sometimes be found basking on the