Leptotes group - Blues

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Leptotes group
Leptotes group
Leptotes group

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, Eggardon Hill (left), Vumba; Catapu (female, centre) and Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park (right), Mozambique.

Species details:

Notes: The 4 species (pirithous, brevidentatus, jeanneli and babaulti) in this group are indistinguishable in the field without dissection of the genitalia. As they do not normally mix in the field, several specimens seen together should be of the same species.
Distribution: All species are found from Eastern Cape south to Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe; while L. pirithous is widespread throughout most of Africa, parts of Europe and into Asia.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeIndigofera (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeMelilotus (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeRhynchosia (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeVigna (Food plant)
Related plant species:
Fabaceae subfamily CaesalpinioideaeBurkea africana (Food plant)
Fabaceae subfamily PapilionoideaeMundulea sericea (Food plant)
PlumbaginaceaePlumbago auriculata (Food plant)
Literature:

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Leptotes group .
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/insect-display.php?insect_species_id=400760, retrieved 13 December 2017

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