oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On the association of Lepidochrysops patricia (Trim.) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) with ants

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



It has been realised that the Lepidochrysops patricia and numerous allied species must enter the nests of ants at a fairly early period in their larval life. Dr. S. H. Skaife discovered this in connection with Lepidochrysops in association with the ant Plagiolepis, on the sides of Table Mountain. On 4th November, 1954, when searching in an area at the northern end of the Berea, Durban on the inland side, a nest was found in which there were a number of pupae of the butterfly, the ant in question being a large brown species, Camponotus maculatus.

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