Lepidochrysops lotana

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Lepidochrysops lotana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. lotana
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops lotana
Swanepoel, 1962

Lepidochrysops lotana, the Lotana blue, is a species of butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is only known from two localities in the Limpopo province, the western slope of the Ysterberg and from Moria to Serala Forest in the Wolkberg area.

The wingspan is 42–44 mm for males and 42–46 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to early November. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae probably feed on Becium grandiflorum.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Lepidochrysops lotana. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.