Lepidochrysops balli

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Ball's blue
Lepidochrysops balli, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. balli
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops balli
Dickson, 1985[1]

The Ball's blue (Lepidochrysops balli) is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa.[2]

The wingspan is 32–34 mm for males and 34–36 mm for females. Adults are on the wing from late November to February.[3]

The larvae feed on Selago divaricata. They burrow into the immature flower-buds of their host plant and consume the interior.[4]


  1. ^ Lepidochrysops, funet.fi
  2. ^ Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Lepidochrysops balli. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Archived 2014-06-27 at the Wayback Machine. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.
  3. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  4. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Tribe Polyommatini (part 2)