ⓘ Celaenorrhinus mokeezi


ⓘ Christmas forester

Celaenorrhinus mokeezi, the large sprite, large flat or Christmas forester, is a butterfly of the family Hesperiidae. It is found from Transkei to KwaZulu-Natal, Transvaal and Mozambique. The habitat consists coastal forests and montane forests.

The wingspan is 40–48 mm for males and 45–51 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks in late summer and autumn.

The larvae feed on Isoglossa woodii buckweed.


1. Subspecies

  • Celaenorrhinus mokeezi separata Strand, 1911
  • Celaenorrhinus mokeezi South Africa: from eastern Cape to the southern KwaZulu-Natal coast and midlands