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Common Epitolina
Epitolina dispar  KIRBY, 1887
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - LIPTENINAE
Tribe - LIPTENINI
Epitolina dispar, Bunso, Ghana Adrian Hoskins
Introduction

The genus Epitolina comprises of 5 species, and in common with other Lipteninae is wholly African in distribution. All are tiny, fast-flying species. The uppersides are dark brown, but in most species the males have a faint blue sheen. The undersides are pale earthy brown and in dispar and most species have an intricate pattern of small reddish or orange markings.

Epitolina dispar is found from Sierra Leone to Angola, Congo and Uganda.

Habitats
This butterfly inhabits rainforest and dense secondary growth.
Lifecycle
The larvae feed on algae growing on the bark of trees.
Adult behaviour

Both sexes fly rest on tendrils or thin dry twigs, normally less than a metre above ground level, and are reluctant to fly unless disturbed.

 

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