Deudorix dariaves

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Deudorix dariaves
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Deudorix
Species: D. dariaves
Binomial name
Deudorix dariaves
Hewitson, 1877[1]
  • Virachola dariaves
  • Deudorix (Virachola) dariaves

Deudorix dariaves, the black-and-orange playboy, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from South Africa to Mozambique and to the coast of Kenya. In South Africa it is found along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal and north along the escarpment foothill forests to Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

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The wingspan is 23–25 mm for males and 28–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round with peaks in September and from April to June.[2]

The larvae feed on the fruit of Deinbollia oblongifolia and Hyperacanthus amoenus. It has also been recorded on Brachystegia and Coffea 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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