Lachnocnema bibulus

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Common woolly legs
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lachnocnema
Species: L. bibulus
Binomial name
Lachnocnema bibulus
(Fabricius, 1793)[1]
  • Hesperia bibulus Fabricius, 1793
  • Lycaena delegorguei Boisduval, 1847

Lachnocnema bibulus, the common woolly legs, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa it is found from the East Cape to KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the Limpopo Province, and the North West Province.

The wingspan is 21–27 mm for males and 21-30.5 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks in spring and late summer.[2]

The larvae feed on Psyllidae plant lice species.


  1. ^ Lachnocnema bibulus 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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