Iolaus aphnaeoides

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Iolaus aphnaeoides
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Iolaus
Species: I. aphnaeoides
Binomial name
Iolaus aphnaeoides
Trimen, 1873
  • Iolaus canissus Hewitson, 1873

Iolaus aphnaeoides, the yellow-banded sapphire, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is restricted to the Afromontane forest of the Eastern Cape, along the southern foothills of the Winterberg, from Bedford to Stutterheim and low-altitude forests north of Port St. Johns.

The wingspan is 26–28 mm for males and 27–29 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to January. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Tapinanthus kraussianus.


  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Iolaus aphnaeoides. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.

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