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Steve Woodhall Marvels at the Find of a New Butterfly Species in Southern Africa

Pocket Guide: Butterflies of South AfricaWhat's that Butterfly?The president of the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa and author of Pocket Guide: Butterflies of South Africa and What’s that Butterfly?, Steve Woodhall, has commented on the discovery of a new butterfly species in southern Africa on SANBI – the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Butterfly enthusiast Sally Adam took a photograph of an unusual butterfly in Namibia and uploaded it to the iSpot website where local experts identified it as Lepeletier’s Sylph.

The species has never before been spotted in Southern Africa. Woodall said, “This is a new southern African record and of great significance.”

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Lepeletier’s Sylph is a medium-sized, chocolate brown butterfly with two bold, cream-coloured stripes on the underside. Very little is known about the species. It has a bounding flight. Its larvae feed on certain grasses. The species belongs to the butterfly family Hesperiidae, also known as ‘skippers’.

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