Leptotes pulcher

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Leptotes pulcher
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Leptotes
Species: L. pulcher
Binomial name
Leptotes pulcher
(Murray, 1874)[1]
  • Lycaena pulchra Murray, 1874
  • Leptotes pulchra
  • Tarucus pulchra f. deficiens Dufrane, 1953

Leptotes pulcher, the beautiful zebra blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Africa south of the Sahara.

The wingspan is 18–24 mm for males and 18–26 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with a peak from November to May in the north and probably only the warmer months in South Africa.[2]

The larvae feed on Sesbania aegyptica and Sesbania sesban.


  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.