oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Protective mimicry in the pupa of Epitola urania (Lep. : Lycaenidae).

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In may 1956, while on a collecting safari to the Kibale Forest, Toro, Uganda, I noted a female of the beautiful species Epitola urania tanganikensis laying its eggs on the bark of a tree in which there was a carton nest of Crematogaster ants. I searched the bark and found what was obviously an Epitola larva, which I took back to camp and placed together with some strips of bark in a cage. The larva eventually pupated.

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