Aloeides margaretae

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

Aloeides margaretae, the Marguarite's copper, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from the western coast and along the south coast in the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 25–30 mm for males and 26–33 mm females. Adults are on wing from September to May in several generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Aspalathus spinosa species. The larvae hide under stones near the stem of their food plant. They are attended by ants.

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.