oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The life-history of Cupido thespis L. (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



As the life-history of Cupido thespis (L.) apparently had not been recorded, material was recently obtained for the purpose of studying it. The imago was descriptionbed as early as 1764.* Trimen has descriptionbed and figured it in ""South African Butterflies"" (Vol. II, pp. 87-88, pl. VIII, figs. 2, 2a), and Murray in ""South African Butterflies: A Monograph of the Family Lycaenidae"" (p. 157, fig. 102). Some. eggs of the species were obtained on the slopes above Camps Bay on the afternoon of 25th. December, 1943, several females being followed until they commenced laying. Eggs were laid singly, usually at or near the ends of the fine-leaved shoots of a species of Phylica (Rhamnaceae).

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