oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Notes on the early stages of Poecilmitis brooksi Riley (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
|Article Title||Notes on the early stages of Poecilmitis brooksi Riley (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Cape Town.|
|Publication Date||Oct 1959|
|Pages||312 - 315|
|Keyword(s)||Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae and Poecilmitis brooksi Riley|
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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