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Zizeeria knysna

Synonyms: Argus lysimon; Lycaena knysna (homotypic); Papilio lysimon (heterotypic)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Dark Grass Blue or African Grass Blue (Zizeeria knysna), is a species of blue butterfly found in Africa, on Cyprus and the Iberian Peninsula. Sometimes mistakenly called Zizeeria lysimon (Hübner), that species name is invalid as it is preoccupied by Papilio lisimon Stoll, [1790], a butterfly in the family Riodinidae. The wingspan is 18–23 mm for males and 21–26 mm for females. The butterfly flies nearly year round. The larvae feed on Medicago, Melilotus, Acanthyllis, Armeria delicatula, Polygonum equisetiforme, Tribulus terrestris and Oxalis.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Rdumijiet ta' Malta: Ir-Ramla tac-Cirkewwa sa Il-Ponta ta' Benghisa 5724 Malta  

Prey / Diet


Pollinator of 
Badula insularis[2]

External References


Attributes / relations provided by
1HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0