Deudorix vansoni

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Deudorix vansoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Deudorix
Species: D. vansoni
Binomial name
Deudorix vansoni
Pennington, 1948[1]
Synonyms
  • Virachola vansoni

Deudorix vansoni, the Van Son's playboy, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from northern KwaZulu-Natal to Swaziland, then along the Lebombo foothills to southern Mpumalanga and north to Zimbabwe and Malawi.

The wingspan is 20–23 mm for males and 20–26 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round with a peak from September to October.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia caffra and Acacia burkei, causing stem galls on the twigs.

References[edit]

  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.