The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Black-striped Hairtail

Afrikaans name: Swartstreep-kortstertjie

Black-striped Hairtail

Black-striped Hairtail

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The Black-striped Hairtail butterfly is also known as the Leaden Hairtail and Leaden Ciliate Blue. It is found in more tropical habitats in Africa and Arabia.

Males have a wingspan of around 2.5 cm and females are slightly bigger. The top side of the male's wing is more of an olive brown than the plain brown of the female.

Black-striped Hairtails are found over most of the eastern half of South Africa in suitable habitat. They are on the wing all year round but the population is at its highest in mid-summer.

References and further reading

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Published: 2015 - Page: 66

Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 197

Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 1421

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 262

Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Hugo Germishuys - Published: 1982 - Page: 65

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 206

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 47

Butterflies of the Western Cape - Author: A.J.M. Claassens - Published: 2005 - Page: 40

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Published: 1986 - Page: 45

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 248


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