Anthene princeps

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Cupreous hairtail
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. princeps
Binomial name
Anthene princeps
(Butler, 1876)[1]
  • Lycaenesthes princeps Butler, 1876
  • Lycaenesthes neglecta Trimen, 1891
  • Lycaenesthes uganda Bethune-Baker, 1910
  • Lycaena smithii Mabille, 1877
  • Lycaena lochias Hewitson, 1878
  • Lycaenesthes mabillei Lathy, 1921

Anthene princeps, the cupreous hairtail, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Africa.

The wingspan is about 22–27 mm in males and 24–29 mm in females.[2]

The larvae feed on Albiza gummifera.[2]


  • Anthene princeps princeps (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, northern Zimbabwe, north-western Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, Free State Province and KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Anthene princeps smithii (Mabille, 1877) (Madagascar)


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