Common Orange Sprite

Celaenorrhinus galenus

Common Orange Sprite skipper, Celaenorrhinus galenus, from Kakamega, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Along a sunny roadway through Kakamega Forest, Kenya, Oct 2016.

Skipper butterflies as a group are mostly quite easy to recognize. Like most butterflies they are active mostly by day (diurnal) and have distinct clubs at the tips of the antennae. Looking at the antennae clubs more closely, there is a short, partly hooked portion. Skippers have this hook, but no other butterfly families do.

Many skipper species are drabbly colored with this one an obvious exception.

Hesperiidae -- Skipper Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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