Deudorix antalus

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Deudorix antalus
Deudorix antalus 02 (Tongaat, RSA).jpg
Tongaat, South Africa
Common brown playboy (Deudorix antalus).jpg
Aburi Botanical Gardens, Ghana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Deudorix
Species: D. antalus
Binomial name
Deudorix antalus
(Hopffer, 1855)[1]
  • Dipsas antalus Hopffer, 1855
  • Lycaena anta Trimen, 1862
  • Deudorix gambius Mabille, 1887
  • Deudorix antalus var. kitobolensis Strand, 1912

Deudorix antalus, the brown playboy, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Africa (including Madagascar) and south-west Arabia.

The wingspan is 22–34 mm for males and 22–40 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 the fruit of a wide range of plants, including Haplocoelum galiense, Schotia species (including S. afra and Schotia speciosa), Faidherbia albida, Syzygium species (including S. guineense), Ximenia species (including X. caffra, X. poppae), Acacia species (including A. stenocarpa), Prunus species (including Prunus persica ispahanensis), Cassia, Phaseolus lunatus, Sutherlandia, Crotalaria, Dolichos, Nymania capensis, Combretum, Quisqualis, Albizia, Baphia, Bauhinia, Burkea, Caesalpinia, Cajanus, Canavalia, Phaseolus, Pisum, Vigna, Macadamia, Olea, Paphia, Cardiospermum and Capsicum species.


  1. ^ "Deudorix Hewitson, 1863" 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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