Uranothauma nubifer

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Uranothauma nubifer
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Uranothauma
Species: U. nubifer
Binomial name
Uranothauma nubifer
(Trimen, 1895)[1]
  • Lycaena nubifer Trimen, 1895
  • Lampides pelotus Karsch, 1895
  • Cupido nubifer var. distinctesignatus Strand, 1911
  • Uranothauma nubifer abyssinica Libert, 1993

Uranothauma nubifer, the black heart or black-heart branded blue, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found from Ethiopia to South Africa. It is also found in eastern Zaire.

The wingspan is 22–26 mm for males and 24–28 mm for females. Adults are on wing year-round, with a peak from November to February.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia species, including A. karroo.


  • Uranothauma nubifer nubifer (Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya: west, central and the Teita Hills, Burundi, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, northern Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, South Africa: Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Uranothauma nubifer distinctesignatus (Strand, 1911) (Ethiopia)


  1. ^ Uranothauma 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.