Satyrium esculi

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False Ilex Hairstreak
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Satyrium
Species: S. Esculi
Binomial name
Satyrium esculi
(Hübner, 1804)

The False Ilex Hairstreak (Satyrium esculi) is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae.

Distribution[edit]

The False Ilex Hairstreak lives throughout North Africa (Morocco to Tunisia) and the Iberian peninsula (with the exception of Galicia, where its foodplants are absent). It is also found on the Balearic Islands and in Southern France from the Pyrenees to the Cote d'Azur, extending into Liguria in Italy.[1]

Life cycle and foodplants[edit]

The larvae feed on sclerophyllous oaks of woodland and maquis : Holm Oak and Kermes Oak.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ Tolman, T, Lewington R (1997) Collins Butterfly Guide. Collins, London. Fauna Europea accessed 2013-10-10. Lepiforum accessed 2013-10-10.