Lepidochrysops polydialecta

Bivar-De-Sousa, António, Vasconcelos, Sasha, Mendes, Luís F., Larsen, Torben B., Baker, Jon & Guilherme, João L., 2016, Butterflies of Guinea-Bissau: VIII. New data, new reports, corrections and biodiversity (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea), Zootaxa 4201 (1), pp. 1-77: 29

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Lepidochrysops polydialecta


*94. Lepidochrysops polydialecta  ( Bethune-Baker, [1923])

WL: 20mm. The species is a faunistic novelty for Guinea-Bissau, though it was previously known from Senegal to Cameroon, south Sudan , DRC and Kenya  . It occurs in Sudan savanna, Sahel and dry forest. It is similar to L. synchrematiza  , but males are a paler lilac-blue and are semi-translucent, while females are a light milky blue. The caterpillars appear to feed on Becium  ( Lamiaceae  ). 

Studied material. Biombo: Quinhamel , 22.07.2009, 2♂ (BS 28925, 28927)  . Quinara: Cantanha , 15.07.2009, 1♂ (BS 28926)  . Tombali: Jemberem ( PNFC), 0 7.07.2009, 1♂ (BS 28924); Mato de Lautchande ( PNFC), 0.07.2009, 1♂ (BS 29162). 

Probable abundance and proposed status. AB: NF; CS: I.