Butterflies of Africa
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - THECLINAE
Tribe - IOLAINI
Arba Minch, Ethiopia
The genus Stugeta
comprises of 7 species, all Afrotropical in distribution.
The butterflies are closely related to the
Iolaus Sapphires, but they have marbled
undersides as opposed to the "hairstreak" markings found on the
undersides of Iolaus. In both genera
the upper surface of the wings of all species is metallic blue, with
a black apex. In a few species, including
Stugeta bowkeri, there are small squarish white spots in the
apical area. Males of all Stugeta and
Iolaus have a large oval patch of dark
androconial ( pheromone emitting ) scales in the discal cell of the
Stugeta bowkeri is an East African
species, found from Ethiopia and Somalia to South Africa.
This species inhabits savannah and
Acacia thorn scrub habitats.
foodplants are Loranthus and
Talinanthus ( Loranthaceae ), and
Ximenia ( Olacaceae ).
The adults are very
sedentary in behaviour, spending long periods at rest, in a
head-downwards posture, on the twigs and branches of