Common Hottentot Skipper

Gegenes niso

The Common Hottentot Skipper is a small (3cm wingspan) but lively butterfly, flying fast over short distances (hence the “skipper” name) and often coming to rest for short periods on flowers or grass stems and at mud puddles. They occur in grasslands and grassy patches in a wide range of other habitats, from the Western Cape through the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State to Limpopo Province, and throughout most of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Males are territorial and fiercely aggressive to other males venturing into their space. Females lay single eggs on a wide variety of grasses, which the larvae uses as food. Adults can be seen right through the year.

17 thoughts on “Common Hottentot Skipper

  1. healingfootprints

    I agree with Anne – I am learning quite a bit about butterflies thank you! Often try to photograph them when on the mountain but some of them are just too fast. This must be one of the many ‘ones that got away’.

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