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Purple-brown Hairstreak butterfly

Afrikaans name: Persbruin-stertbloutjie

Purple-brown Hairstreak

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Hypolycaena philippus philippus

The Purple-brown Hairstreak is found in the eastern and northern regions of South Africa.

The males have a wingspan of around 2.5 cm and the females around 2.8 cm. Males show the purple colouration while females are more brown.

The Purple-brown Hairstreak butterfly is found in a variety of habitats including riverine and coastal forest, savanna, parks and gardens.

In warmer areas the Purple-brown Hairstreak can be seen during all months of the year but there is a peak in summer.

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