Lepidochrysops pephredo

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Lepidochrysops pephredo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. pephredo
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops pephredo
(Trimen, 1889)
  • Lycaena pephredo Trimen, 1889
  • Cupido pephredo
  • Neochrysops pephredo

Lepidochrysops pephredo, the Estcourt blue, is a species of butterfly in the Lycaenidae family. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is known from the grassy hills of the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.

The wingspan is 32–38 mm (1.3–1.5 in) for males and 36–40 mm (1.4–1.6 in) for females. Adults are on wing from October to November. There is one generation per year.[1]

The larvae feed on Becium grandiflorum. Third and later instar larvae feed on the brood of Camponotus niveosetus ants.


  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 

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