Axiocerses tjoane

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Axiocerses tjoane
Axiocerces tjoane-01 (xndr).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Aphnaeini
Genus: Axiocerses
Species: A. tjoane
Binomial name
Axiocerses tjoane
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
  • Chrysorychia tjoane Wallengren, 1857

The Eastern Scarlet, Commom Scarlet or Scarlet Butterfly (Axiocerses tjoane) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in southern and eastern Africa. It is not present on the Eastern Cape.

The wingspan is 24–32 mm for males and 25–34 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round.

The larvae feed on Acacia (including Acacia abyssinica, Acacia polyacantha subsp. campylacantha and Acacia sieberiana var. woodii), Peltophorum africanum and Brachystegia species.


  • Axiocerses tjoane tjoane (Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, central and eastern Zambia, Angola, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape Province)
  • Axiocerses tjoane rubescens Henning & Henning, 1996 (south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, north-western Zambia)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Axiocerses, Site of Markku Savela