Anthene kersteni

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Anthene kersteni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. kersteni
Binomial name
Anthene kersteni
(Gerstaecker, 1871)[1]
  • Lycaena kersteni Gerstaecker, 1871

Anthene kersteni, the Kersten's hairtail or Kersten's ciliate blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from South Africa to Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia. In South Africa it is found in coastal lowland forest in KwaZulu-Natal, from the coast to Kosi Bay, inland across the Makathini Flats.

The wingspan is 26–28 mm for males and 23–29 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with a peak in summer.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia species, including and Acacia kraussiana and Albizia adianthifolia.


  1. ^ Anthene 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.