Hypolycaena philippus

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Hypolycaena philippus
Hypolycaena philippus philippus HotMarina 2012-04-29 uns.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Hypolycaena
Species: H. philippus
Binomial name
Hypolycaena philippus
(Fabricius, 1793)[1]
  • Hesperia philippus Fabricius, 1793
  • Cupido ramonza Saalmüller, 1878
  • Jolaus orejus Hopffer, 1855
  • Amblypodia erylus Trimen, 1866
  • Hypolycaena vittigera Mabille, 1879

Hypolycaena philippus, the purple-brown hairstreak or common hairstreak, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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

The larvae feed on Clerodendron glabrum, Ximenia species (including X. caffra and X. americana), Deinbollia species (including D. oblongifolia), Vangueria species (including the inside of fruits of V. randii), Maytenus senegalensis, Allophylus, Loranthus, Punica granatum, Clerodendrum, Coccinia grandis and Ixora.


  • Hypolycaena philippus philippus (Africa (south of Sahara))
  • Hypolycaena philippus ramonza (Saalmüller, 1878) (Madagascar, Aldabra, Cosmoledo, Comoro Islands)


  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. 

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