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)
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: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-17

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2017). Flora of Zambia: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Hypolycaena philippus philippus.
http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=401900, retrieved 26 September 2017

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