Thestor montanus

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Thestor montanus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Thestor
Species: T. montanus
Binomial name
Thestor montanus
van Son, 1941[1]

Thestor montanus, the mountain skolly, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa, where it is found in fynbos covered high mountain slopes in the south-western West Cape, from Caledon to the Hottentots.

The wingspan is 23–28 mm for males and 27–29 mm for females. Adults are on wing from October to February, with a peak in November. There is one generation per year.[2]


  1. ^ Thestor 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.