Axiocerses croesus

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Axiocerses croesus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Tribe: Aphnaeini
Genus: Axiocerses
Species: A. croesus
Binomial name
Axiocerses croesus
(Trimen, 1862)[1]
  • Zeritis croesus Trimen, 1862

Axiocerses croesus, the dark-banded scarlet, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Eastern Cape, west up to Port Elizabeth and into Kwazulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 24–32 mm for males and 25–34 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in the northern part of the range. There are two generations per year in the south with adults on wing from September to October and from February to May.

The larvae feed on Acacia species.

External links[edit]

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


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