Cigaritis natalensis

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Natal bar
Cigaritis natalensis, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Cigaritis
Species: C. natalensis
Binomial name
Cigaritis natalensis
(Westwood, 1851)[1]
  • Aphnaeus natalensis Westwood, 1851
  • Amblypodia natalensis Westwood, 1852
  • Spindasis masilikazi Wallengren, 1857
  • Spindasis natalensis
  • Spindasis natalensis ab. obscura Aurivillius, 1923

Cigaritis natalensis, the Natal bar or Natal barred blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, from the Eastern Cape along the coast to KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, the Free State, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo and North West provinces, and part of the Northern Cape province. It is also present in Botswana.

The wingspan is 25-32.5 mm for males and 26.5–34 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round with peaks from September to October and from March to May.[2]

The larvae feed on Canthium inerme, Clerodendron glabrum and Ximenia caffra.


  1. ^ Cigaritis 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. 

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