Cacyreus lingeus

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Cacyreus lingeus
Common bush blue (Cacyreus lingeus) female.jpg
female, Kakamega Forest, Kenya
Bush Bronze.JPG
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cacyreus
Species: C. lingeus
Binomial name
Cacyreus lingeus
(Stoll, [1782])[1]
  • Papilio lingeus Stoll, [1782]
  • Papilio ericus Fabricius, 1793
  • Cupido lingeus var. ciliaris Aurivillius, 1910

Cacyreus lingeus, the common bush blue or bush bronze, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Africa, south of the Sahara.

The wingspan is 22–27 mm for males and 22–28 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with a peak from October to February. In exceptional situations adults may be on wing in winter months in cooler areas.[2]

The larvae feed on the flowers of various Lamiaceae species, including Plectranthus, Salvia, Calamintha, Lavandula, Mentha and Hemizygia species.



  1. ^ Cacyreus 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.