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SWAZILAND'S BIODIVERSITY: Swaziland's Butterflies

Compilation of this checklist would not have been possible without the data and technical assistance provided by the UCT-ADU SABCA project and virtual museum.

Information from nature reserve checklists compiled by Chuck Saunders, updated with additions from Chuck Saunders, 5 November 2009, plus additional photographic records. Numbers quoted are from Pennington's Butterflies. Nomenclature updated in 2012, as per the SABCA virtual museum.

Photos to illustrate the checklist provided by Christopher K. Willis, I.C. and A. Sharp, Justin Bode, Peter Webb, Steve Woodall, Ralda & Louis Heyns, G. Diedericks, J.C. McMaster, M. Holmes, Geoff Nichols, Michael Purves and Kate Braun.

Swaziland's Butterflies - Families
(For detailed information on each species, click on the species name.)

 
Lycaenidae

blues and coppers
237 Alaena amazoula
   Yellow Zulu
Mlawula
242 Pentila tropicalis tropicalis
   Spotted pentila
Mlawula
246 Durbania amakosa ayresi
   Amakoza rocksitter
Malolotja
255 Baliochila aslanga
   Natal buff
258 Baliochila lipara
   Lipara buff
Possibly found in Swaziland
261 Cnodontes penningtoni
   Pennington's buff
Mlawula
265.1 Deloneura millari millari
   Millar's buff
268 Lachnocnema bibulus
   Common woolly legs
Malolotja Mantenga
269 Lachnocnema durbani
   D'Urban's woolly legs
Malolotja
269.5 Lachnocnema laches
   Southern pied woolly legs
Possibly found in Swaziland
292 Thestor basutus capeneri
   Basuto skolly
Malolotja
295 Virachola diocles
   Orange-barred playboy
Malolotja
297 Virachola dariaves
   Black-and-orange playboy
Possibly found in Swaziland
299 Virachola dinochares
   Apricot playboy
Mlawula
300 Virachola antalus
   Brown playboy
Malolotja Mlawula
302 Deudorix vansoni
   Van Son's playboy
304 Myrina silenus ficedula
   Common fig tree blue
Malolotja
305 Myrina dermaptera dermaptera
   Lesser fig tree blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
306 Hypolycaena philippus philippus
   Purplebrown hairstreak
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
307 Hypolycaena lochmophila
   Coastal hairstreak
Possibly found in Swaziland
308 Hypolycaena buxtoni buxtoni
   Buxton's hairstreak
Possibly found in Swaziland
310 Hemiolaus caeculus caeculus
   Azure Hairstreak
Mlawula
311.3 Stugeta bowkeri tearei
   Bowker's marbled sapphire
Mlawula
314 Iolaus silas
   Southern sapphire
314.1 Iolaus silarus silarus
   Straight-line sapphire
316 Iolaus trimeni
   Trimen's sapphire
Malolotja Mlawula
317 Iolaus pallene
   Saffron sapphire
Mlawula
318 Iolaus sidus
   Red-line sapphire
320 Iolaus mimosae rhodosense
   Mimosa sapphire
324 Iolaus diametra natalica
   Natal yellow-banded sapphire
Possibly found in Swaziland
327 Iolaus alienus alienus
   Brown-line sapphire
332 Aphnaeus hutchinsonii
   Hutchinson's highflier
333 Cigaritis natalensis
   Natal bar
Malolotja Mlawula
335 Cigaritis mozambica
   Mozambique bar
Malolotja
337 Cigaritis phanes
   Silvery bar
338 Cigaritis ella
   Ella's bar
Mlawula
344 Chloroselas pseudozeritis pseudozeritis
   Brilliant gem
Possibly found in Swaziland
347 Chloroselas mazoensis
   Purple gem
348 Axiocerses tjoane tjoane
   Eastern scarlet
Malolotja Mlawula
349 Axiocerses amanga amanga
   Bush scarlet
Malolotja Mlawula
351 Leptomyrina hirundo
   Tailed black-eye
Malolotja Mlawula
354 Leptomyrina gorgias gorgias
   Common black-eye
Malolotja Mlawula
355 Capys alpheus extentus
   Orange banded protea
357 Capys disjunctus
   Russet protea
380 Aloeides dryas
   Transvaal copper
Malolotja
396 Aloeides molomo molomo
   Molomo copper
Malolotja
399 Aloeides taikosama
   Dusky copper
Mlawula
400 Aloeides barbarae
   Barbara’s copper
Malolotja
402 Aloeides damarensis
   Damara Copper
Malolotja
403 Aloeides pierus
   Dull copper
Malolotja
404 Aloeides trimeni trimeni
   Trimen's copper
Possibly found in Swaziland
405 Aloeides swanepoeli
   Swanepoel's copper
Malolotja
406 Aloeides aranda
   Aranda copper
Malolotja
407 Aloeides henningi
   Henning's copper
417 Chrysoritis aethon
   Lydenburg opal
Malolotja
417.5 Chrysoritis phosphor borealis
   Scarce scarlet
Possibly found in Swaziland
458 Crudaria leroma
   Silver spotted grey
Mlawula
462 Anthene definita definita
   Common hairtail
Malolotja Mantenga
464 Anthene lemnos lemnos
   Large hairtail
Possibly found in Swaziland
468 Anthene liodes bihe
   Liodes hairtail
Mlawula
472 Anthene amarah amarah
   Black striped hairtail
Malolotja Mlawula
473 Anthene larydas
   Spotted hairtail
474 Anthene livida livida
   Pale hairtail
Malolotja
475 Anthene millari
   Millar's hairtail
476 Anthene princeps
   Lebombo hairtail
Mantenga
478 Anthene otacilia otacilia
   Otacilia hairtail
480 Anthene talboti
   Talbot's hairtail
Mlawula
481 Anthene minima minima
   Little hairtail
481.5 Anthene dulcis dulcis
   Mashuna hairtail
Possibly found in Swaziland
485 Uranothauma nubifer nubifer
   Black heart
487 Cacyreus lingeus
   Bush bronze
Malolotja Mantenga
488 Cacyreus virilis
   Mocker bronze
Malolotja Mlawula
489 Cacyreus fracta fracta
   Water geranium bronze
Malolotja
490 Cacyreus marshalli
   Common geranium bronze
Malolotja
492 Zintha hintza hintza
   Hintza pierrot
493 Tuxentius calice
   White pie
Possibly found in Swaziland
494 Tuxentius melaena melaena
   Black pie
Malolotja Mlawula
496 Tarucus sybaris sybaris
   Dotted blue
Mlawula
498.1 Tarucus bowkeri transvaalensis
   Bowker's dotted blue
499 Lampides boeticus
   Pea blue
Malolotja Mlawula
500 Leptotes pirithous pirithous
   Common zebra blue
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
501 Leptotes brevidentatus
   Short-toothed zebra blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
502 Leptotes jeanneli
   Jeannel's zebra blue
503 Leptotes babaulti
   Babault's zebra blue
Mlawula
504 Leptotes pulchra pulchra
   Sesbania blue
Mlawula
507 Harpendyreus noquasa
   Marsh mountain blue
Malolotja
508 Pseudonacaduba sichela sichela
   Dusky line blue
510 Lepidochrysops variabilis
   Variable blue
Malolotja
524 Lepidochrysops ignota
   Zulu Blue
Malolotja
525 Lepidochrysops irvingi
   Irving's blue
Malolotja
528 Lepidochrysops swanepoeli
   Swanepoel's blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
531 Orachrysops lacrimosa
   Restless blue
Malolotja
531.5 Orachrysops subravus
   Grizzled blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
532 Lepidochrysops procera
   Potchefstroom blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
534 Lepidochrysops tantalus
   King blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
535 Lepidochrysops jefferyi
   Jeffery's blue
Possibly found in Swaziland
550 Lepidochrysops plebeia plebeia
   Twin-spot blue
Malolotja
551 Lepidochrysops patricia
   Patricia blue
Malolotja Mlawula
553 Lepidochrysops glauca
   Silvery blue
Malolotja Mlawula
563 Euchrysops osiris osiris
   Osiris smoky blue
Malolotja Mlawula
564 Euchrysops barkeri
   Barker's smoky blue
Mlawula
565 Euchrysops malathana
   Common smoky blue
Malolotja Mlawula
566 Euchrysops dolorosa
   Sabie smoky blue
Malolotja
567 Euchrysops subpallida
   Ashen smoky blue
Malolotja Mlawula
568 Eicochrysops messapus mahallakoaena
   Cupreous blue
Malolotja Mlawula
569 Eicochrysops hippocrates
   White-tipped blue
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
570 Cupidopsis cissus cissus
   Common meadow blue
Malolotja
571 Cupidopsis jobates jobates
   Tailed meadow blue
Malolotja Mlawula
574 Chilades trochylus
   Grass jewel
Malolotja Mlawula
575 Azanus ubaldus
   Velvet-spotted babul blue
Mlawula
576 Azanus jesous jesous
   Topaz babul blue
Mlawula
577 Azanus natalensis
   Natal babul blue
Mlawula
578 Azanus moriqua
   Black-bordered babul blue
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
579 Azanus mirza
   Pale babul blue
Malolotja Mlawula
581 Oraidium barberae
   Dwarf blue
Mlawula
582 Zizeeria knysna knysna
   African grass blue
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula
583 Zizina otis antanossa
   Dark grass blue
Mlawula
584 Zizula hylax
   Tiny grass blue
Malolotja Mlawula
585 Actizera lucida
   Rayed blue
Malolotja Mantenga Mlawula

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