Tuxentius calice

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Tuxentius calice
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Tuxentius
Species: T. calice
Binomial name
Tuxentius calice
(Hopffer, 1855)[1]
Synonyms
  • Lycaena calice Hopffer, 1855
  • Castalius calice
  • Castalius gregorii Butler, 1894

Tuxentius calice, the white pie, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in Africa.

The wingspan is 21–24 mm for males and 21–25 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, but are most common from October to March.[2]

The larvae feed on Ziziphus mucronata and probably other Ziziphus species.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Tuxentius calice calice (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Zambia, southern Zaire (Shaba), Angola, Malawi, southern Tanzania)
  • Tuxentius calice gregorii (Butler, 1894) (northern Tanzania, central Kenya)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tuxentius 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.