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

Volume 20, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



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 2�"" 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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