Axiocerses amanga

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Bush scarlet
Axiocerses amanga, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Aphnaeini
Genus: Axiocerses
Species: A. amanga
Binomial name
Axiocerses amanga
(Westwood, 1881)[1]
  • Zeritis amanga Westwood, 1881
  • Axiocerses baumi Weymer, 1901
  • Chrysorychia mendeche Grose-Smith, 1889
  • Axiocerses mendeche var. borealis Aurivillius, 1905

Axiocerses amanga, the bush scarlet, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The wingspan is 24–28 mm for males and 25–30 mm for females. Adults are on the wing year-round in South Africa.

The larvae feed on Acacia species, Ximenia americana and X. caffra. They are associated with the ant species Camponotus niveosetosus.


  • Axiocerses amanga amanga
Range: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, south-eastern DRC, Angola, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and South Africa, where it is present in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces
  • Axiocerses amanga borealis Aurivillius, 1905
Range: Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Niger, northern Cameroon
  • Axiocerses amanga baumi Weymer, 1901
Range: Angola, Namibia


  1. ^ Axiocerses at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms

External links[edit]

  • Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.