Durbaniopsis saga

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Durbaniopsis saga
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In Adalbert Seitz's Fauna Africana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Durbaniopsis
Species: D. saga
Binomial name
Durbaniopsis saga
(Trimen, 1883)[1]
Synonyms
  • Durbania saga Trimen, 1883

Durbaniopsis saga, the Boland rocksitter, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa in a wide area in the inland of the Western Cape and Northern Cape mountains, from the Nieuwoudtville mountains south to the Cederberg, Koue Bokkeveld, the Hex River and the Hawequas mountains. It is also present on low altitudes from Lambert's Bay inland to Het Kruis.

The wingspan is 26–39 mm for males and 29–40 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to December, but as early as September at lower altitudes. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on cyanobacteria species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Durbaniopsis 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.