Aloeides dentatis

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Roodepoort copper
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aloeides
Species: A. dentatis
Binomial name
Aloeides dentatis
(Swierstra, 1909)
  • Phasis dentatis Swierstra, 1909
  • Phasis thyra maseruna Riley, 1938

Aloeides dentatis, the Roodepoort copper, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Lesotho and South Africa.

The wingspan is 22–26 mm for males and 24–28 mm females. Adults are on wing from August to November and from February to March. There are two generations per year.[2]

The larvae of the nominate subspecies feed on Hermannia depressa and Lotononis eriantha. Larvae of subspecies A. d. maseruna feed on Hermannia jacobeifolia. The larvae are attended to by Lepisiota capensis ants.[1]



  1. ^ a b Gimenez Dixon, M. (1996). "Aloeides dentatis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T883A68965915. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T883A68965915.en. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.