oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Lepidochrysops trimeni (Bethune-Baker) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) reared from larvae found in the nest of Camponotus maculatus Fab. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).

Volume 35, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



On September 18th., 1971 while looking for nests of the Brown sugar ant C. maculatus on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles three fully grown butterfly larvae were found in the first nest encountered. The larvae together with about fifteen ants, large and small workers, were kept in a plaster of paris nest. The larvae pupated at the end of September and were removed from the nest and kept in larger containers. One specimen was kept on moist cotton wool and the other two on moist garden soil.

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