Tarucus sybaris sybaris - Dotted blue

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Tarucus sybaris
Tarucus sybaris

Photo(s): Bart Wursten. left: entrance road from Park gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique; right: along road from Mberengwa to Mt Belingwe, Zimbabwe.

Species details:

Note: Male upperside purple-blue with a brown spot in the forewing and brown wing edges; female largely brown with pale markings. Flying all year round with a peak from November - March
Distribution: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
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Related plant genera:
Related plant species:
RhamnaceaeZiziphus abyssinica (Food plant)
RhamnaceaeZiziphus mauritiana (Food plant)
RhamnaceaeZiziphus mucronata (Food plant)
RhamnaceaeZiziphus pubescens subsp. pubescens (Food plant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 239.
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 264.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, File M-Lycaenidae subfamily Polyommatinae, Online Encyclopaedia p. 73.

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Tarucus sybaris sybaris.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=401040, retrieved 21 February 2024

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