Teriomima zuluana

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Teriomima zuluana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Teriomima
Species: T. zuluana
Binomial name
Teriomima zuluana
van Son, 1949[1]

Teriomima zuluana, the Zulu buff, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa where it is rare and localised. It can be found in coastal lowland forests in northern KwaZulu-Natal from False Bay north to Kosi Bay and inland to the Makathini Flats and the Tembe Elephant Park.

The wingspan is 23–28 mm for males and 24–30 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to November and again in late summer. There are two generations per year.[2]

The larvae feed on tree lichens and algae (cyanobacteria).[3]


  1. ^ Teriomima 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 - Subtribe Liptenina