Tarucus thespis

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Tarucus thespis
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Tarucus
Species: T. thespis
Binomial name
Tarucus thespis
(Linnaeus, 1764)[1]
  • Papilio thespis Linnaeus, 1764
  • Papilio pitho Linnaeus, 1764

Tarucus thespis, the fynbos blue or vivid blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, from the Northern Cape, south to fynbos in the West Cape and east to the Amathole Mountains in the Eastern Cape.

The wingspan is 20–25 mm for males and 20–27 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with peaks from September to November and from February to March.[2]

The larvae feed on Phylica imberbis and Saxifraga species.


  1. ^ Tarucus 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.