The African Hypolycaena species are popularly known as Fairy Hairstreaks. The various species can be distinguished from one another by examining the curvature and alignment of the orange median stripe on the underside, the configuration of the white markings on the upperside hindwings, and the hue of the metallic scales in the basal area of the upperside.
Hypolycaena lebona is found from Sierra Leone to n.w. Tanzania.
This is a rainforest species, which tends to be found along the narrower paths rather than in open sunlight. It occurs at altitudes between about 100-600m. Lifecycle The lifecycle is unknown. Adult behaviour Both sexes nectar at various wild flowers, usually holding their wings erect when feeding. They periodically oscillate their hindwings, which causes the little tails to wiggle, and this, together with the “false eye” marking at the edge of the wings diverts the attention of predators away from the butterfly’s head and body. Birds generally try to predict which direction a butterfly will take, so they aim their attack at a point just ahead of the butterfly. Hypolycaena hatita and other Theclinae turn this to their advantage
Humminhbird Clearwing Moth
Cluster of Monarch butterflies