Cupidopsis cissus - Common meadow blue

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Cupidopsis cissus
Cupidopsis cissus
Cupidopsis cissus

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Mt Gorongosa, Mozambique (2x left) and Besna Kobila, Matobo (right).

Species details:

Note: Flies from September to April. Common in grassland from sea level to mountainous areas up to 2000m. Distinguished from Cupidopsis jobatus by its larger size and the absence of the tail on the hindwing.
Distribution: Throughout most of tropical Africa and South Africa except the Karoo and Southwestern Cape. Also in Madagascar.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeEriosema (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeVigna (Food plant)
Larval food (by plant species):
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 275.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 308.
Williams, M.C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, File-M Lycaenidae subfamily Lycaeninae, Online Encyclopaedia p. 2.

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: Cupidopsis cissus ., retrieved 14 July 2024

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