oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The life-history of Lepidochrysops patricia (Trim.) (Lepidoptera : Lycaenidae)

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Now that the life-history of at least one species of South African Lepidochrysops has been followed in full detail, it is possible to give a complete record of the life-cycle, which is doubtless similar to that of a number of other species of the group. Credit must be given to Mr. H. E. Irving for the discovery, many years ago, of the food-plant and the rearing of the larva through the earlier part of its life; but the difficulty of finding the larva, once it had entered an ants' nest, precluded for a very considerable period any further progress being made in tracing the subsequent life-history of Lepidochrysops patricia *. If allowance is made for climatic differences, the life-cycle of this species much resembles that of the English Lycaenid Maculinea arion (L.), as originally recorded by Frohawk.

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