Hypolycaena buxtoni

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Hypolycaena buxtoni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Hypolycaena
Species: H. buxtoni
Binomial name
Hypolycaena buxtoni
Hewitson, 1874[1]
  • Hypolycaena seamani Trimen, 1874
  • Hypolycaena buxtoni f. rogersi Bethune-Baker, 1924
  • Hypolycaena buxtoni f. divisa Talbot, 1935

Hypolycaena buxtoni, the Buxton's hairstreak, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in southern Africa.

The wingspan is 25–30 mm for males and 28–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to May (with a peak in October and November) and from February to May (with a peak in March and April). There are two generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Tricalysia and Pavetta species and possibly Tarenna pavettoides.[3]


  • Hypolycaena buxtoni buxtoni (Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbabwe, Malawi)
  • Hypolycaena buxtoni rogersi Bethune-Baker, 1924 (the coast of eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania)
  • Hypolycaena buxtoni spurcus Talbot, 1929 (Zambia, southern Zaire (Shaba), south-western Tanzania)


  1. ^ Hypolycaena 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. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Subtribe Hypolycaenina

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