Hypolycaena lochmophila

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Hypolycaena lochmophila
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Hypolycaena
Species: H. lochmophila
Binomial name
Hypolycaena lochmophila
Tite, 1967[1]

Hypolycaena lochmophila, the coastal hairstreak, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in lowland forest in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi (Mlanje and Zomba) and eastern Zimbabwe.

The wingspan is 22–28 mm for males and 23.5–31 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with peaks in November and March or April.[2]

The larvae feed on Deinbollia oblongifolia.


  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.