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|Hypolycaena philippus Purple-brown Hairstreak|
Hypolycaena is a large genus of Hairstreak butterflies widely distributed in the Orient but also in Africa. So far, however, none of the African species has been posted on TN and so this is an opportunity for me to present something new to my friends in this community.
In the Oriental region there are some 19 or so species described, while in Africa the number is as high as 25 species. The most widespread of the African species is H. philippus which is what I believe this picture represents. This determination is not quite certain, however, so if anyone has better references on East African Lycaenids and can be more definite then I would be pleased to hear from you.
The larva on Clerodendron glabrum, Ximenia americana, Deinbollia oblongifolia, Vangueria randii, Deinbollia, Allophylus, Loranthus, Ximenia, Punica granatum, Clerodendrum, Coccinia grandis, Ixora, and (inside fruits of) Vangueria randii, and this wide range of foods probably explains the widespread nature of the species.
The reason for posting this now is that the cold season is now well established here and so it is the time to look through old collections of slides and prints from years past. Recently I came across an envelope with a number of 35mm prints in it and with the label "Kenya" on it, dating from 1994 and this picture was among them and seemed to be of enough interest to scan and post. It has been cropped, resized and sharpened for TN.
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A nice capture of this beautiful Purple Brown Hairstreak. POV could have been better. Superb details with lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- [2008-11-01 8:29]
happy to see this beauty from African community of butterflies. nice colors and details, welcome images from your old trips. hope some more to come from that continent. tfs.
- [2008-11-01 12:19]
What a beautiful and interesting capture!! I really love this little Purple-brown Hairstreak with such a beautiful pattern and beautiful colors.
Thank you very much for sharing.