Ornipholidotos peucetia

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Ornipholidotos peucetia
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Ornipholidotos
Species: O. peucetia
Binomial name
Ornipholidotos peucetia
(Hewitson, 1866)[1]
  • Pentila peucetia Hewitson, 1866
  • Larinopoda peuceda Grose-Smith, 1889
  • Pentila peucetia chyuluensis van Someren, 1939
  • Pentila peucetia orientalis Storace, 1947
  • Pentila peucetia penningtoni Riley, 1944

Ornipholidotos peucetia, the large glasswing or white mimic, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in southern and south-eastern Africa.

The wingspan is 35–37 mm for males and females. Adults are on wing from November to May with a peak in late summer. There is one generation per year.[2]

The larvae feed on cyanobacteria species.


  • Ornipholidotos peucetia peucetia (south-western Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Lualaba, Haut-Shaba)
  • Ornipholidotos peucetia peuceda (Grose-Smith, 1889) (southern Somalia, Kenya, eastern Tanzania)
  • Ornipholidotos peucetia penningtoni (Riley, 1944) (South Africa: KwaZulu-Natal to the north)


  1. ^ Ornipholidotos 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.