Butterflies of Africa
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - LIPTENINAE
Tribe - LIPTENINI
Bunso, Ghana ©
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 most species have an intricate pattern of
small reddish or orange markings, although the straw coloured
speckling on melissa is an exception to
this general rule.
found from Sierra Leone
to Central African Republic, Angola, Congo, Uganda and western
This butterfly inhabits
rainforest and dense secondary growth.
The larvae feed on algae growing on the bark of trees.
fly rapidly just above the surface of the ground. They roost on thin
dry twigs, normally just a few centimetres above ground level.