Lepidochrysops oosthuizeni

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Lepidochrysops oosthuizeni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. oosthuizeni
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops oosthuizeni
Swanepoel & Vári, 1983

Lepidochrysops oosthuizeni, Oosthuizen's blue, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Lesotho and South Africa, where it is found on high altitude grassland and Nama Karoo on the Witteberg in the East Cape and the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho and the eastern Orange Free State.

The wingspan is 33–37 mm for males and 34–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing from December to January. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Selago galpinii.


  1. ^ Gimenez Dixon, M. (1996). "Lepidochrysops oosthuizeni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 1996: e.T11546A3294561. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.1996.RLTS.T11546A3294561.en. Retrieved 27 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.