ⓘ Hemiolaus caeculus


ⓘ Azure hairstreak

Hemiolaus caeculus, the azure hairstreak, is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in southern Africa.

The wingspan is 30–35 mm for males and 34–38 mm for females. Adults are on wing year round with peaks after rains.

The larvae feed on Olax species, including Olax dissitiflora and Olax obtusifolia.


1. Subspecies

  • Hemiolaus caeculus vividus Pinhey, 1962)
  • Hemiolaus caeculus tsodiloensis Pinhey, 1969 northern Botswana
  • Hemiolaus caeculus
  • Hemiolaus caeculus littoralis Stempffer, 1954 coast of eastern Kenya and eastern Tanzania, Usambara Mountains