Eicochrysops hippocrates

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Eicochrysops hippocrates
White-tipped blue (Eicochrysops hippocrates) male.jpg
Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Eicochrysops
Species: E. hippocrates
Binomial name
Eicochrysops hippocrates
(Fabricius, 1793)[1]
Synonyms
  • Hesperia hippocrates Fabricius, 1793
  • Lycaena delicatula Mabille, 1877

Eicochrysops hippocrates, the white-tipped blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Africa, south of the Sahara, including Madagascar. In South Africa it is found from the East Cape along the KwaZulu-Natal coast to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province.

The wingspan is 18–23 mm for males and 20–24 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November and from January to June. There are two generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Polygonum and Rumex species.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eicochrysops 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.