Anthene liodes

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Anthene liodes
Anthene liodes m.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. liodes
Binomial name
Anthene liodes
(Hewitson, 1874)[1]
  • Lycaenesthes bihe Bethune-Baker, 1910
  • Lycaena adherbal Mabille, 1877
  • Lycaenesthes monteironis Kirby, 1878

Anthene liodes, the liodes hairtail, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from Sierra Leone to Kenya, then to Malawi, Zimbabwe and Angola. It is also found in South Africa, where it rare and found from KwaZulu-Natal to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo Province. Its habitat is usually woodlands, forest-edge habitats and dense savannah.[2]

The wingspan is 21–25 mm for males and 21–27 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with a peak in summer.[3]

The larvae feed on Mangifera (including M. indica), Combretum, Myrica and Allophyllus species


  1. ^ Anthene at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ "Butterflies of Africa - Anthene liodes". Retrieved 2017-01-21. 
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.