Thestor stepheni

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Thestor stepheni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Thestor
Species: T. stepheni
Binomial name
Thestor stepheni
Swanepoel, 1968

Thestor stepheni, the Stephen's skolly, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is found in the Riviersonderend Mountains above the Boesmanskloof Pass and Greyton in the Western Cape. It is also found on the Klipberg.

The wingspan is 27–36 mm for males and 31–40 mm for females. Adults are on wing from December to January, with a peak in December. 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 stepheni. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 31 July 2007.