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Small Elfin

Afrikaans name:

Small Elfin butterfly

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Sarangesa phidyle

This is a cryptically coloured butterfly which has a wingspan around 35 mm. Male and female have similar colouration.

The Small Elfin is found up the eastern coast of South Africa from Port Elizabeth. It also occurs in the north-eastern regions of the country.

It occurs in a number of different habitats including hillsides and the edges of forests.

This butterfly may be seen at any time of year but is more common in summer.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 242

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 86

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 366

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