Anthene minima

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Anthene minima
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. minima
Binomial name
Anthene minima'
(Trimen, 1893)[1]
  • Lycaenesthes minima Trimen, 1893

The Little Hairtail (Anthene minima) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa and Botswana. In South Africa it is found in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo Province.

The wingspan is 18–22 mm for males and 19–23 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to April.[2]

The larvae probably feed on Acacia species.


  1. ^ Anthene, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.