Aloeides depicta

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Aloeides depicta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aloeides
Species: A. depicta
Binomial name
Aloeides depicta
Tite & Dickson, 1968[1]

Aloeides depicta, the depicta copper, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from fynbos and Nama Karoo along the mountains from Matjiesfontein to Gydo Mountain and the Eastern Cape.

The wingspan is 26–29 mm for males and 29–35 mm females. Adults are on wing from September to June. There are continuous generations in warmer months.[2]

The larvae feed on Aspalathus species. They shelter under rocks close to their food plant.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aloeides at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.