Thestor yildizae

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Thestor yildizae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Thestor
Species: T. yildizae
Binomial name
Thestor yildizae
Koçak, 1983
Synonyms
  • Thestor obscurus van Son, 1941

Thestor yildizae, the peninsula skolly, is a species of butterfly in the family Lycaenidae. It is endemic to South Africa, where it is only found on the high slopes of the Cape Peninsula Mountains in the Western Cape.

The wingspan is 25–32 mm for males and 28-36.5 mm for females. Adults are on wing from late November to early February. There is one generation per year.[1]

Larvae have been found in the nests of the pugnacious ant (Anoplolepis custodiens), but the larval food is unknown.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.