Anthene pitmani

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Anthene pitmani
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. pitmani
Binomial name
Anthene pitmani
Synonyms
  • Anthene (Anthene) pitmani

Anthene pitmani, the Pitman's hairtail, is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.[2] The habitat consists of savanna.

The larvae feed on the young shoots of Acacia abyssinica, Acacia lahai, Acacia stenocarpa and Dichrostachys species. They are associated with the ant species Crematogaster gerstaeckeri. The larvae are dark yellow green with diagonal yellow lateral stripes and a yellow edging around the collar.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Anthene pitmani pitmani (central, western and northern Kenya, Ethiopia)
  • Anthene pitmani somalina Stempffer, 1936 (Somalia)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Anthene at Markku Savela's website on Lepidoptera
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Tribe Lycaenesthini