oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the early stages of Poecilmitis brooksi Riley (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The following notes on the early stages of Poecilmitis brooksi Riley 1 refer to material found in past years and deal rather briefly with only the principal features of the life-history of this butterfly. When visiting Tygerberg on 18th April, 1936, specimens of the imago were observed on a certain piece of open ground on which a vigorous colony of the butterfly then existed but which has since disappeared owing to intensive cultivation of the area. One female was seen to lay eggs on a common, prickly, yellow-flowered shrub, Aspalathus spinosa L. (Leguminosae), the eggs being deposited singly with intervals of a few minutes between the laying of each one.

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