oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - On the association of Lepidociirysops trimeni (b.-bak.) (Lepidoptera: lycaenidae) with ants, with reference to the pupa
|Article Title||On the association of Lepidociirysops trimeni (b.-bak.) (Lepidoptera: lycaenidae) with ants, with reference to the pupa|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 *Museum and Snake Park, Port Elizabeth & **Durban.|
|Publication Date||Dec 1957|
|Pages||463 - 465|
|Keyword(s)||Ants, Lepidociirysops trimeni (b.-bak.) and Lepidoptera: lycaenidae|
When investigating a nest of the ant Camponotus imaculata Fab. on the slopes of Table Mountain, some distance above the contour road, on 18th December, 1956, a pupa of Lepidochrysops trimeni (B.-Bak.) was found 2ï¿½"" below the level of the ground, suspended from a small dead leaf in the roof of the gallery under a small rock. Some silk which had been spun over the end of the leaf provided support for the cremastoral hooks of the pupa. The nest was 3' from a bush of Selaga serrata Berg. (Selagineae) , the food-plant of the larva in its earlier instars. It contained a large number of ants and their immature stages.
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