Lepidochrysops trimeni

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Lepidochrysops trimeni
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lepidochrysops
Species: L. trimeni
Binomial name
Lepidochrysops trimeni
Synonyms
  • Neochrysops trimeni Bethune-Baker, 1923

Lepidochrysops trimeni, the Trimen's blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is known from the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 37–40 mm for males and 35–42 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to January or February, with a peak depending on rainfall but usually from October to November. There is one extended generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on Selago species (including Selago serrata) and Aspalathus sarcantha. Third and later instar larvae feed on the brood of Camponotus maculatus ants.

Etymology[edit]

The name honours Roland Trimen.

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.