Capys penningtoni

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Pennington's protea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Capys
Species: C. penningtoni
Binomial name
Capys penningtoni
Riley, 1932

Capys penningtoni, the Pennington's protea, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is restricted to the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg foothills.

The wingspan is 32–40 mm for males and 34–47 mm for females. Adults are on wing from mid-September to early November. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on the flower buds of Protea caffra and Protea simplex.


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

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