Deudorix dinochares

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Apricot playboy
Apricot Playboy male 11 08 2010 med.JPG
Male Deudorix dinochares, from Amanzimtoti, South Africa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Deudorix
Species: D. dinochares
Binomial name
Deudorix dinochares
Grose-Smith, 1887[1]
Synonyms
  • Virachola dinochares
  • Deudorix (Virachola) dinochares
  • Deudorix dieden Karsch, 1900
  • Deudorix dinochares var. rhodesiensis Stevenson, 1937

The apricot playboy (Deudorix dinochares) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, eastern Africa and south-west Arabia. In South Africa it is found from northern KwaZulu-Natal to Swaziland, Mpumalanga, the Limpopo Province, the North West Province and Gauteng.

The wingspan is 24–30 mm for males and 26–32 mm for females. Adults are on the 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 such as; Combretum species (including Combretum zeyheri), Burkea species (including Burkea africana), Syzygium species (including Syzygium cordatum), Gardenia species (including Gardenia volkensii and Gardenia neuberia), Pseudolachnostylis maprouneifolia, Acacia species (including Acacia stenocarpa), Dolichos, Lablab, Schotea, Macadamia, Coffea, Quisqualis, Schotia, Tamarindus, Vigna, Psidium, Prunus and Ximenia species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deudorix, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.

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