oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Life history and behaviour of the rare myrmecophilous Iycaenid Erikssonia acraeina Trimen (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)



The behaviour and life history of the rare myrmecophilous lycaenid Erikssonia acraeina Trimen (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) is recorded for the first time. The host plant was found to be Gnidia kraussiana Meisner (Thymelaeaceae), while the host ant belonged to the genus Acantholepis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). A plea is made for the conservation of this species.


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