Lachnocnema durbani

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D'Urban's woolly legs
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lachnocnema
Species: L. durbani
Binomial name
Lachnocnema durbani
Trimen, 1887
  • Lachnocnema d'urbani

Lachnocnema durbani, the D'Urban's woolly legs, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from Cape Point and KwaZulu-Natal[1] to Mozambique to Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda. The habitat consists of grassy areas in savanna.[2]

The wingspan is 24.5–28 mm (0.96–1.10 in) for males and 24.5–30 mm (0.96–1.18 in) for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks in spring and late summer.[1]

The larvae prey on Coccidae and Membracidae species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. p. 150. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Subtribe Lachnocnemina

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