Hypolycaena philippus philippus - Purple-brown hairstreak

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Hypolycaena philippus

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, dry Acacia scrub at the base of Mt Buchwa.

Species details:

Note:
Distribution: Widespread in Sub-saharan Africa, Arabia, Yemen, Madagascar, Seychelles and probably Comoro Islands.
Larval food (by plant family):
Larval food (by plant genus):
RubiaceaeVangueria (Larval foodplant)
Larval food (by plant species):
CelastraceaeGymnosporia senegalensis (Larval foodplant)
OlacaceaeXimenia americana var. microphylla (Larval foodplant)
OlacaceaeXimenia caffra var. caffra (Larval foodplant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 160.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, Lycaenidae subfamily Theclinae, Online Encyclopaedia, p. 27.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 172.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Caprivi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Hypolycaena philippus philippus.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=401900, retrieved 25 March 2019

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