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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Cladus: Coelolepida
Cladus: Myoglossata
Cladus: Neolepidoptera
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Cladus: Eulepidoptera
Cladus: Ditrysia
Cladus: Apoditrysia
Cladus: Obtectomera
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea

Familia: Hesperiidae
Subfamilia: Coeliadinae
Genus: Pyrrhochalcia
Species: P. iphis

Pyrrhochalcia Mabille & Boullet, [1904].

Type Species: Papilio iphis Drury, [1773]: 26, pl.15 figs 3,4 - by selection of Lindsey, 1925: 99.

Pyrrhochalcia Mabille & Boullet, 1904: 85, 89; Hemming, 1967: 390.


Drury, D. 1770–1782. Illustrations of Natural History London, White. Vol.l (1770): xxviii+130+[2]pp, 50+1 pls, 4 figs; Vol.2 (1773): vii+90pp, 50 pls; Vol.3 (1782): vii+76pp, 50 pls. Vol.1; Vol.2; Vol.3. Reference page. 
Hemming, A. F., 1967. The generic names of the butterflies and their type species (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera). Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History) 1967, Suppl. 9: 1-509.Reference page. 
Lindsey, A.W. 1925. The Types of Hesperioid Genera. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 18(1): 75-106. Reference page. 
Mabille, P. 1903-1904. Genera Insectorum - Fam. Hesperiidae Fascicule 17: 210pp, 4 pls. P. Wytsman, Brussels. BHL. Reference page. 

Pyrrhochalcia is a genus of butterflies in the family Hesperiidae. It contains only one species, Pyrrhochalcia iphis, the African giant skipper, which is found in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo and Angola.[2] It was first described by Dru Drury in 1773.

The habitat consists of forests, including dry coastal forests. Adults of both sexes are attracted to flowers, including coral creeper. Males are also attracted to bird droppings and are known to mud-puddle.

The larvae feed on Psychotria calva, Acridocarpus smeathmanni, Dissotis, Anacardia and Ancistrophyllum species.

Upper side: Antennae thickest in the middle. Head scarlet. Thorax and abdomen black. All the wings green brassy coloured, the nerves black, those parts that surround the body being of a raven black. The tips of the anterior wings orange coloured.

Under side: Palpi scarlet and hairy, the extremities being small and black. Breast, legs, sides, and abdomen black. Anus scarlet. Wings of a yellower brassy hue than on the upper side. Superior wings tipped with orange, but next the body greenish black; the same colour occupying the external edges of the posterior wings.

Wingspan 4 inches (100 mm).[3]
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"Afrotropical Butterflies: Hesperiidae - Subfamily Coeliadinae". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
Drury, Dru (1837). Westwood, John (ed.). Illustrations of Exotic Entomology. Vol. 2. p. 30. pl. XV.

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