Euchrysops subpallida

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Euchrysops subpallida
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Euchrysops
Species: E. subpallida
Binomial name
Euchrysops subpallida
  • Euchrysops subpallida var. major Bethune-Baker, 1923
  • Euchrysops fescennia Hulstaert, 1924

Euchrysops subpallida, the ashen smoky blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Kenya, from Tanzania to Malawi, Zambia, southern Zaire (Shaba), Zimbabwe and South Africa. In South Africa it is rare and only known from the northern part of the Limpopo province and northern KwaZulu-Natal.

The wingspan is 23–25 mm for males and 24–28 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to February depending on rains. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae probably feed on Ocimum species.


  1. ^ Euchrysops 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.