Lepidochrysops irvingi

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Lepidochrysops irvingi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. irvingi
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops irvingi
(Swanepoel, 1948)[1]
Synonyms
  • Cupido irvingi Swanepoel, 1948

Lepidochrysops irvingi, the Irving's blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is restricted to montane grassland in Swaziland and Mpumalanga.

The wingspan is 32–36 mm for males and 33–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Ocimum (basil) species, including Ocimum grandiflorum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lepidochrysops 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.