Lepidochrysops praeterita

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Highveld blue
Lepidochrysops praeterita, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. praeterita
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops praeterita
Swanepoel, 1962[1]

Lepidochrysops praeterita, the Highveld blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, from Potchefstroom in North West to Walkerville in Gauteng and Sasolburg in the Free State province.

The wingspan is 36–42 mm for males and 38–44 mm for females. Adults are on wing from early September to November. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Becium grandiflorum.


  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.