Aloeides merces

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Wakkerstroom copper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aloeides
Species: A. merces
Binomial name
Aloeides merces
Henning & Henning, 1986

Aloeides merces, the Wakkerstroom copper, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is known from sour montane grassveld in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

The wingspan is 24–28 mm for males and 26–30 mm females. Adults are on wing from October to November. There is one generation per year.[2]


  1. ^ Gimenez Dixon, M. (1996). "Aloeides merces". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T888A13089122. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T888A13089122.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.