Brephidium metophis

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Brephidium metophis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Brephidium
Species: B. metophis
Binomial name
Brephidium metophis
(Wallengren, 1860)[1]
  • Lycaena metophis Wallengren, 1860

Brephidium metophis, the tinktinkie blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in south-west Africa, including South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. In South Africa it is found from the West Cape, north to Namaqualand, the North Cape and east to the East Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the western part of the Orange Free State.

The wingspan is 20–24 mm for males and 21–28 mm for females. Adults are on wing continuously depending on the rainfall.[2]

The larvae feed on Exomis axyrioides.


  1. ^ Brephidium 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.