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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.

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References

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

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

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

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

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 1421

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