Lepidochrysops lerothodi

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Lepidochrysops lerothodi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. lerothodi
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops lerothodi
(Trimen, 1904)[1]
  • Lycaena lerothodi Trimen, 1904
  • Neochrysops lerothodi

Lepidochrysops lerothodi, the Lesotho blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found mainly found in Lesotho. In South Africa it is only found on high mountain peaks in the Golden Gate Highlands in Limpopo province, the Free State and the Eastern Cape.

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

The larvae feed on Selago flanaganii.


  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.