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.