Anthene lemnos

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Anthene lemnos
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. lemnos
Binomial name
Anthene lemnos
(Hewitson, 1878)[1]
  • Lycaenesthes lemnos Hewitson, 1878
  • Lycaenesthes loa Strand, 1911

Anthene lemnos, the large ciliate blue or large hairtail, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in southern Africa.

The wingspan is 27–30 mm for males and 27–31 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with peaks in summer and autumn.[2]

The larvae feed on Erythrococco berberidea and Erythrococco polyandra.


  • Anthene lemnos lemnos (KwaZulu-Natal to Mozambique and Zimbabwe, Malawi)
  • Anthene lemnos loa (Strand, 1911) (north-eastern Tanzania and the coast of eastern Kenya)


  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.