Thestor petra

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Rock skolly
Thestor petra, J Dobson, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Thestor
Species: T. petra
Binomial name
Thestor petra
Pennington, 1962
  • Thestor tempe Pennington, 1962

Thestor petra, the rock skolly, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa.

The wingspan is 22–28 mm for males and 26–34 mm for females. Adults are on wing from late November to January. There is one generation per year.[1]



  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7. 
  • Gimenez Dixon, M. 1996. Thestor tempe. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.