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: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Tarucus sybaris sybaris.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=401040, retrieved 15 July 2024

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