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Celaenorrhinus galenus (Fabricius) (Fig. 19, 6 genitalia)
Hesperia galenus Fabricius, 1793 [1793-1794] (1): 360 ("Indiis"). = Pardaleodes fulgens Mabille, 1877c: 236 (Congo). =Plesioneura biseriata Butler, 1888: 97 (Kilimanjaro). = Coladenia metadata Hampson, 1891: 183 (East Africa). =Plesioneura hoehneli Rogenhofer, 1891: 463; pi. 15, fig. 10 (Marangu). = Celaenorrhinus intermixtus Aurivillius, 1896: 280; fig. 14 (Cameroon). = Celaenorrhinus opalinus Butler. 1900: 942; pi. 58, figs. 10, 11 (East Africa). = Celaenorrhinus galenus variation allaudi Mabille and Boullet, 1916: 244 (Kilimanjaro). ^Celaenorrhinus galenus variation jeanneli Mabille and Boullet, 1916: 245 (Kenya).
Evans (1937: 21-22) retains "galenus", "intermixtus", "opalinus", and "biseriata" as forms. In view of the variation in the series of galenus in Carnegie Museum, these names cannot be retained as geographic subspecies. All material is best referred to as galenus.
Berger (1962: 449) indicates this species is common in Guinea and Ivory Coast (including one he refers to "intermixtus"). The range of the species as recorded by Evans (1937: 21-22) is Sierra Leone and Guinea to Gabon and east into East Africa.
The first Liberian records for this species are: Yendamalahoun. 1 9 , IV, and Wanau Forest, 1 2 , X (both Fox).
There is comparative material in Carnegie Museum from Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Uganda and Kenya.
- bibliographic citation
- Fox, R.M., Lindsey, A.W., Clench, H.K., Miller, L.D. 1965. The Butterflies of Liberia. Memoirs of the American Entomological Society vol. 19. Philadelphia, USA
Celaenorrhinus galenus: Brief Summary
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Celaenorrhinus galenus, the common orange sprite, is a butterfly in the family Hesperiidae. It is found in Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, from Cameroon to Ethiopia and to Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The habitat consists of forests.
Adults of both sexes feed from flowers growing low down along forest paths, including those of Ipomoea palmata. They are on wing from September onwards, becoming commoner in late autumn. There are two generations per year.
The larvae feed on Clerodendrum paniculatum, Hypoestes and Justicia species.
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