Lachnocnema laches

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Southern pied woolly legs
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lachnocnema
Species: L. laches
Binomial name
Lachnocnema laches
(Fabricius, 1793)[1]
  • Hesperia laches Fabricius, 1793

Lachnocnema laches, the southern pied woolly legs, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in coastal forests from the East Cape, along the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, inland to Swaziland, Mpumalanga, the Limpopo Province, and the North West Province along wooded hills and valleys. The habitat consists of savanna.[2]

The wingspan is 23–32 mm (0.91–1.26 in) for males and 22–32 mm (0.87–1.26 in) for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas with peaks in spring and late summer.[3]


  1. ^ Lachnocnema laches at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Subtribe Lachnocnemina
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.