oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The life-history of Phasis thysbe L. var. nigricans Aur. (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The earliest reference to this butterfly appears to be Trimen's note in ""Rhopalocera Africae Australis"" (Part II, p. 344) which records a specimen, considered to be ""an extraordinary variety or 'sport' "" of the male Zeritis thysbe, which was captured by Gross near Platteklip, on the ascent of Table Mountain, in 1865. The specimen is referred to again in ""South African Butterflies"" (Vol. II, p. 182), and a second ""somewhat similar male example,"" taken by Layard near Cape Town, is also mentioned by Trimen.

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