Aloeides taikosama

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Aloeides taikosama
Aloeides taikosama, Tweeling.jpg
In the Free State, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aloeides
Species: A. taikosama
Binomial name
Aloeides taikosama
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
  • Cygaritis taikosama Wallengren, 1857
  • Zeritis orthrus Trimen, 1874

Aloeides taikosama, the dusky copper, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In South Africa it is found from the eastern Western Cape to the Eastern Cape, the Free State, northern KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and the eastern Northern Cape.

The wingspan is 22–27 mm for males and 27–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing from August to April, with peaks in November and March. There are multiple generations per year.[2]


  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.