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.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
RubiaceaeVangueria (Larval foodplant)
Related plant species:
CelastraceaeGymnosporia senegalensis (Larval foodplant)
LamiaceaeClerodendrum glabrum (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, 2014-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Botswana: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Hypolycaena philippus philippus.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=401900, retrieved 23 February 2018

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