Anthene talboti

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Anthene talboti
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Anthene
Species: A. talboti
Binomial name
Anthene talboti
Stempffer, 1936[1]

Anthene talboti, the Talbot's hairtail or Talbot's ciliate blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found from South Africa to Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In South Africa it is found in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, through to Orange Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the Limpopo Province and the North West Province. It is also present in the North Cape.

The wingspan is 20–24 mm for males and 22–25 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to June, with peaks in November and from March to April.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia species, including A. karroo and A. tortilis.


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