Lepidochrysops letsea

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Lepidochrysops letsea
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. letsea
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops letsea
(Trimen, 1870)[1]
  • Lycaena letsea Trimen, 1870
  • Cupido letsea
  • Neochrysops letsea

Lepidochrysops letsea, the Free State blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, in the Eastern Cape, the eastern part of the Free State and Gauteng.

The wingspan is 33–35 mm for males and 32–33 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to January. There is one extended generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Hemizygia pretoriae.


  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.