Capys disjunctus

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Capys disjunctus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Capys
Species: C. disjunctus
Binomial name
Capys disjunctus
Trimen, 1895[1]

Capys disjunctus, the russet protea, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in from the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, inland to Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and Limpopo in South Africa. It is also found in Zimbabwe.

The wingspan is 31–37 mm for males and 31.5–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing from August to October and from January to March and sometimes April. There are two generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on the flower buds of the Protea species P. caffra, P. welwitschii, P. angolensis, P. gazensis and P. petiolaris.


  1. ^ "Capys Hewitson, 1865" 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.