Lepidochrysops procera

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Potchefstroom blue
Lepidochrysops procera, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. procera
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops procera
(Trimen, 1893)[1]
Synonyms
  • Lycaena procera Trimen, 1893
  • Catochrysops procera
  • Cupido procerus
  • Catochrysops procerus
  • Neochrysops procera

Lepidochrysops procera, the Potchefstroom blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from KwaZulu-Natal midlands to Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo Province and North West.

The wingspan is 28–34 mm for males and 29–36 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Becium grandiflorum, Ocimum canum and Lippia scaberrima.

References[edit]

  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.