Pentila tropicalis

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Pentila tropicalis
Pentila tropicalis tropicalis Spotted pentila.jpg
Pentila tropicalis tropicalis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Pentila
Species: P. tropicalis
Binomial name
Pentila tropicalis
(Boisduval, 1847)[1]
  • Tingra tropicalis Boisduval, 1847
  • Tingra lasti Grose-Smith & Kirby, 1889
  • Pentila lasti (dry season form)
  • Pentila amenaida chyulu van Someren, 1939
  • Tingra mombasae Grose-Smith & Kirby, 1889
  • Pentila mombassae ab. sigiensis Strand, 1910

The Tropical Pentila or Spotted Buff (Phalanta eurytis) is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in eastern Africa.

The wingspan is 29–38 mm for males and 34–44 mm for females. Subspecies tropicalis has two generations per year, with adults on wing in October and November and from January to April. Subspecies fuscipunctata has continuous broods from November to April.[2]

The larvae feed on Cyanobacteria species.


  • Pentila tropicalis tropicalis (KwaZulu-Natal, Zululand, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi)
  • Pentila tropicalis chyulu van Someren, 1939 (south-eastern Kenya (Chyulu Hills))
  • Pentila tropicalis fuscipunctata Henning & Henning, 1994 (sheltered riverine lowland forest of the eastern Limpopo Province and further north)
  • Pentila tropicalis mombasae (Grose-Smith & Kirby, 1889) (coastal forests of eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania)


  1. ^ Pentila, Site of Markku Savela
  2. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.