Capys catharus

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Capys catharus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Capys
Species: C. catharus
Binomial name
Capys catharus
Riley, 1932[1]
  • Capys catharus f. rileyi Stoneham, 1938

Capys catharus is a butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Burundi.[2] The habitat consists of montane grassland.

The larvae feed on Protea species, including P. madiensis. They burrow into the young unopened buds of their host plant.


  • Capys catharus catharus (Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, northern and eastern Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo: south to Lualaba and Tanganika)
  • Capys catharus rileyi Stempffer, 1967 (eastern Uganda, western Kenya)


  1. ^ "Capys Hewitson, 1865" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Subtribe Deudoricina