Girish Mahajan

Eicochrysops hippocrates

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Lycaenidae
Scientific name  Eicochrysops hippocrates
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Genus  Eicochrysops
Rank  Species
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Similar  Euchrysops malathana, Cupidopsis iobates, Cupidopsis cissus, Hypolycaena philippus, Cacyreus lingeus

Eicochrysops hippocrates, the white-tipped blue, is a butterfly of the Lycaenidae family. It is found in Africa, south of the Sahara, including Madagascar. In South Africa it is found from the East Cape along the KwaZulu-Natal coast to Swaziland, Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province.

The wingspan is 18–23 mm for males and 20–24 mm for females. Adults are on wing from September to November and from January to June. There are two generations per year.

The larvae feed on Polygonum and Rumex species.

References

Eicochrysops hippocrates Wikipedia


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