Lycaena clarki

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Eastern sorrel copper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lycaena
Species: L. clarki
Binomial name
Lycaena clarki
Dickson, 1971[1]

Lycaena clarki, the eastern sorrel copper, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found only in South Africa.[2]

The wingspan is 21–27 mm in males and 22–30 mm in females. The butterfly flies year-round, peaking in summer.[2]

Larval food is Rumex lanceolatus.[2] The larvae vary considerably in colour, ranging from plain green to pinkish red. However, there is always a white subspiracular stripe and a dorsal line of a darker colour. Both eggs and pupa may hibernate.[3]


  1. ^ Lycaena at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Subfamily Lycaeninae