Aslauga purpurascens

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Aslauga purpurascens
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Aslauga
Species: A. purpurascens
Binomial name
Aslauga purpurascens

Aslauga purpurascens is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa, Ituri and North Kivu), Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Zambia.[2] The habitat consists of forests.

The larvae feed on Oxyrachis, Mesohomotoma and Stictococcus species. They are shaped like a limpet shell, and coloured in mottled greys and greens to represent lichen or moss on bark.


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

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