Gegenes Hübner, 1819,

Cock, Matthew J. W. & Congdon, Colin E., 2012, Observations on the biology of Afrotropical Hesperiidae (Lepidoptera) principally from Kenya. Part 4. Hesperiinae: Aeromachini and Baorini, Zootaxa 3438, pp. 1-42: 31

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Gegenes Hübner, 1819
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Gegenes Hübner, 1819  (in Hübner [1819 –1826])

There are three sub-Saharan species of this genus: pumilio (Hoffmannsegg)  (the type species), niso (Linnaeus)  and hottentota  , and a fourth species, nostrodamus (Fabricius) is found from the Mediterranean to north-west India ( Evans 1937 a, 1949). They seem to be grass feeders, apart from an anomalous record from Rubiaceae  for G. hottentota  discussed below. The ova, caterpillars and pupae resemble those of Pelopidas  and Borbo  spp.