Phasis clavum

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Namaqua arrowhead
Phasis clavum clavum, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Phasis
Species: P. clavum
Binomial name
Phasis clavum
Murray, 1935[1]
  • Phasis thero var. clavum Murray, 1935

Phasis clavum, the Namaqua arrowhead, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa and Namibia.

The wingspan is 29-39.5 mm for males and 35–44 mm females. Adults are on wing from September to November and sometimes January.[2]

The larvae feed on Rhus and Melianthus species. They are associated with ants of the genus Crematogaster.[3]


  • Phasis clavum clavum (Namibia, South Africa: Western Cape through Namaqualand to the Northern Cape)
  • Phasis clavum erythema Quickelberge, 1980 (Roggeveld near Sutherland)


  1. ^ Phasis 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. 
  3. ^ Afrotropical Butterflies: Lycaenidae - Tribe Aphnaeini (part 4)