Leptotes group - Blues

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Leptotes group
Leptotes group
Leptotes group

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Eggardon Hill (left), Vumba; Catapu (female, centre) and Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park (right), Mozambique.

Species details:

Note: The 4 species (pirithous, brevidentatus, jeanneli and babaulti) in this group are indistinguishable in the field without dissection of the genitalia. As they do not normally mix in the field, several specimens seen together should be of the same species.
Distribution: All species are found from Eastern Cape south to Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe; while L. pirithous is widespread throughout most of Africa, parts of Europe and into Asia.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeIndigofera (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeRhynchosia (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeVigna (Food plant)
Larval food (by plant species):
Fabaceae subfamily CaesalpinioideaeBurkea africana (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeMundulea sericea (Food plant)
PlumbaginaceaePlumbago auriculata (Food plant)

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Leptotes group .
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=400760, retrieved 25 July 2024

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