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ⓘ Giant Copper. Aloeides pallida, the giant copper, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa. The wingspan is 30–39 mm for males and 3 ..




                                     

ⓘ Giant copper

Aloeides pallida, the giant copper, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in South Africa.

The wingspan is 30–39 mm for males and 34–45 mm females. Adults are on wing from October to early January or as early as August for the nominate subspecies. There is one generation per year.

The larvae of subspecies A. p. pallida and A. p. jonathani feed on Aspalathus species. The larvae of subspecies A. p. grandis are fed by trophallaxis by Lepisiota capensis ants. They also feed on the eggs of these ants.

                                     

1. Subspecies

  • A. p. grandis Tite & Dickson, 1968 mountains above Paarl and Franschhoek north to Gydo Mountain and east to Garcias Pass
  • A. p. liversidgei Pringle, 1994 Baviaanskloof Mountains in the Eastern Cape
  • A. p. pallida Western Cape to Eastern Cape and north to the Free State
  • A. p. jonathani Pringle, 1987 montane fynbos in the Kammanassie Mountains in the Western Cape
  • A. p. juno Pringle, 1994 fynbos in the Eastern Cape
  • A. p. littoralis Tite & Dickson, 1968 coastal fynbos from Hermanus to Knysna in the Western Cape