Euchrysops osiris

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Euchrysops osiris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Euchrysops
Species: E. osiris
Binomial name
Euchrysops osiris
(Hopffer, 1855)[1]
Synonyms
  • Lycaena osiris Hopffer, 1855
  • Lycaena anubis Snellen, 1872
  • Lycaena anubis var. phoa Snellen, 1872
  • Lycaena pyrrhops Mabille, 1877
  • Catochrysops cuprescens Sharpe, 1898
  • Euchrysops osiris f. australis Hulstaert, 1924
  • Euchrysops osiris orientalis Hulstaert, 1924

Euchrysops osiris, the Osiris smoky blue or African Cupid, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in southern Arabia, Madagascar, the Comoro Islands and Africa, south of the Sahara.

The wingspan is 22–29 mm for males and 25–30 mm for females. Adults are mainly on wing from September to November and from February to April, but may be found year-round. There are two main generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Rhynchosia totta, Vigna tenuis and Vigna unguiculata.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Euchrysops
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.