Iolaus aemulus

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Iolaus aemulus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Iolaus
Species: I. aemulus
Binomial name
Iolaus aemulus
Trimen, 1895[1]
  • Epamera aemulus

Iolaus aemulus, the short-barred sapphire, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found from South Africa to coastal eastern Kenya. In South Africa it is found along the coast of Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, then to Ndumu in Zululand.

The wingspan is 25.5-29.5 mm for males and 26–29 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round but mainly from September to May, with peaks in November and February or March.[2]

The larvae feed on Oncocalyx quinquenervius and Oncocalyx bolusii.[3]


  1. ^ Iolaus 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 Iolaina

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