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 eriophyllum (Larval foodplant)
LamiaceaeClerodendrum glabrum (Larval foodplant)
OlacaceaeXimenia americana var. microphylla (Larval foodplant)
OlacaceaeXimenia caffra var. caffra (Larval foodplant)
SapindaceaeDeinbollia oblongifolia (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 2007-18

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

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