Apharitis nilus Hewitson, 1865

Bivar-De-Sousa, António, Vasconcelos, Sasha, Mendes, Luís F., Larsen, Torben B., Baker, Jon & Guilherme, João L., 2016, Butterflies of Guinea-Bissau: VIII. New data, new reports, corrections and biodiversity (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea), Zootaxa 4201 (1), pp. 1-77: 20

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Apharitis nilus Hewitson, 1865


*51. Apharitis nilus Hewitson, 1865 

WL: 15mm. Both species and genus are new for Guinea-Bissau. This is a typical element of the Sudan savanna, Sahel and subdesert areas. The specimens were collected in savanna woodland in Beli (Boé), always on flowers of Terminalia albida  ( Combretaceae  ), despite the presence of other species such as Acacia macrostachya  ( Mimosaceae  ), around which several Acraea  and Pieridae  were flying. The species occurs in Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Chad, northern Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Sudan  .

Studied material. Gabú: Beli (Boé), 3-4.07.2009, 2♂, 2♀ (BS 28860/28863). 

Probable abundance and proposed status. AB: R; CS: VU.