oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Proposed classification of South African Lycaenidae from the early stages

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



It has been said that until all the facts concerning a specimen are known, it cannot be properly classified. To add yet another method of classification, a study of the early stages is here presented. No attempt has been made to alter any names as this method is meant to be studied in conjunction with other methods. This method uses the egg and the first larval instar. The eggs give the subfamily and the 1st instar fixes the genus and species. Other larval instars are a useful support but by themselves they are very unreliable as climate and environment may so change the individual as to make it appear a separate species, even the setae can be so modified in extreme colour variations to make classification very difficult.

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