Anthene otacilia

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Otacilia hairtail
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. otacilia
Binomial name
Anthene otacilia
(Trimen, 1868)[1]
  • Lycaena otacilia Trimen, 1868
  • Lycaenesthes otacilia
  • Azanus tongidensis Bethune-Baker, 1926
  • Anthene otacilia benadirensis Stempffer, 1947

Anthene otacilia, the Otacilia hairtail or Trimen's ciliate blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae, found in Africa.[1]

Near Qudeni, KwaZulu-Natal
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The wingspan is about 22–23 mm in males and 23–24 mm in females.[2]

The flight period is from September to May peaking in November and March.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia species.[2]


  • Anthene otacilia otacilia (Democratic Republic of the Congo: North Kivu, Tanzania, Malawi, eastern Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, northern Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape Province and Western Cape Province)
  • Anthene otacilia dulcis (Pagenstecher, 1902) (Ethiopia, Somalia, coast of Kenya)


  1. ^ a b Anthene at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.