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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Purple-brown Hairstreak butterfly

Afrikaans name: Persbruin-stertbloutjie

Purple-brown Hairstreak

Photo © Steven Herbert

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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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 194

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 38

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 40

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 172

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 58

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 183

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 1523

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