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Monza alberti (Holland) (Figs. 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, $ genitalia)
Baoris alberti Holland, 1896: 67; pi. 2, fig. 21 (Ogove). =Parnara entebbea Swinhoe, 1909: 90 (Entebbe, Uganda). = Baoris alberti ab. "bibundicana" Strand, 1912c: 51 (Cameroon). = Baoris alberti ab. "alenicola" Strand, 1912c: 51 (Alen, Cameroon).
M. alberti shows a surprising degree of variability, not only superficially but also in the configuration of the valvae of the male genitalia. These asymmetrical valvae fall into a number of patterns apparently uncorrelated with either differences in facies or geographic distribution. A few of the variations in the valvae are shown in our figures.
This highly variable species is found from Sierra Leone to Gabon and east as far as Kenya. There are specimens in Carnegie Museum from almost all the known range of alberti.
Liberia: no data, 4 i (Evans, 1937: 160); Tchien, 1 $, IV; Penoke, 1 2 (Picard, 1950: 627); Harbel, 1 <$ , II, 1 S , X, 1 <5 , XI; Zorzor, 1 «J , XI; Gbanga, 1 5 , VII; Ganta, 1 2 , V, 5 $,4 9 , VI. 2 & , 1 2 , VII, 1 8,1 2 , IX, 1 S f X; Kpain, 1 2 , V (all Fox).
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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

Monza alberti

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Monza alberti, the black grass skipper, is a butterfly in the family Hesperiidae. It is found in Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, western Kenya and north-western Tanzania.[2] The habitat consists of forests, including degraded and riverine forests that penetrate Guinea savanna.

Adults are attracted to the flowers of acanthaceous plants.

The larvae feed on Pennisetum species.

References

  1. ^ Monza at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Hesperiinae
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Monza alberti: Brief Summary

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Monza alberti, the black grass skipper, is a butterfly in the family Hesperiidae. It is found in Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, western Kenya and north-western Tanzania. The habitat consists of forests, including degraded and riverine forests that penetrate Guinea savanna.

Adults are attracted to the flowers of acanthaceous plants.

The larvae feed on Pennisetum species.

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