Leptotes brevidentatus

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Leptotes brevidentatus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Leptotes
Species: L. brevidentatus
Binomial name
Leptotes brevidentatus
(Tite, 1958)[1]
Synonyms
  • Syntarucus brevidentatus Tite, 1958

Leptotes brevidentatus, the short-toothed blue or Tite's zebra blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Africa south of the Sahara and south-western Arabia.

The wingspan is 22–29 mm for males and 26–30 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round in warmer areas and from October to March in cooler areas.[2]

The larvae feed on flowers and immature seeds of Plumbago auriculata and probably also Indigofera, Rhynchosia, Vigna, Burkea, Mundulea, Melilotus, Crataegus and Medicago sativa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leptotes 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.