Deudorix antalus

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Deudorix antalus
Pilodeudorix anta.JPG
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Deudorix
Species: D. antalus
Binomial name
Deudorix antalus
(Hopffer, 1855)[1]
  • Dipsas antalus Hopffer, 1855
  • Lycaena anta Trimen, 1862
  • Deudorix gambius Mabille, 1887
  • Deudorix antalus var. kitobolensis Strand, 1912

The Brown Playboy (Deudorix antalus) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Africa (including Madagascar) and south-west Arabia.

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The wingspan is 22–34 mm for males and 22–40 mm for females. Adults are on year round with peaks from September to October and from March to May.[2]

The larvae feed on the fruit of a wide range of plants, including Haplocoelum galiense, Schotia species (including Schotia afra and Schotia speciosa), Faidherbia albida, Syzygium species (including Syzygium guineense), Ximenia species (including Ximenia caffra, Ximenia poppae), Acacia species (including Acacia stenocarpa), Prunus species (including Prunus persica ispahanensis), Cassia, Phaseolus lunatus, Sutherlandia, Crotalaria, Dolichos, Nymania capensis, Combretum, Quisqualis, Albizia, Baphia, Bauhinia, Burkea, Caesalpinia, Cajanus, Canavalia, Phaseolus, Pisum, Vigna, Macadamia, Olea, Paphia, Cardiospermum and Capsicum species.

Three-quarter view of Brown Playboy on sugarcane leaf
Dorsal view of Brown Playboy on sugarcane leaf


  1. ^ Deudorix, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.

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