Thestor basutus

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Taxonavigation: Papilioniformes 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Panorpida
Cladus: Amphiesmenoptera
Ordo: Lepidoptera
Subordo: Glossata
Infraordo: Heteroneura
Divisio: Ditrysia
Sectio: Cossina
Subsectio: Bombycina
Superfamilia: Papilionoidea
Series: Papilioniformes

Familia: Lycaenidae
Subfamilia: Miletinae
Tribus: Miletini
Genus: Thestor
Species: Thestor basutus
Species: T. b. basutus – T. b. capeneri


Thestor basutus (Wallengren, 1857).

Type locality: [South Africa]: “Caffraria [Eastern Cape Province]”.

Holotype: NRM, Stockholm. images.


  • Zerythis? basuta [sic] Wallengren, 1857: 46.
  • Arrugia basuta (Wallengren); Trimen & Bowker, 1887: 231, pl. 9, figs 8, 8a.
  • Thestor basuta (Wallengren); Stempffer, 1967: 183; D'Abrera, 2009: 692.
  • Thestor basutus (Wallengren); Swanepoel, 1953a; Dickson, 1972: 253, pl. 16; Pringle et al., 1994: 152; Williams, consulted 25.iii.2015.


  • Trimen, R., 1887. In Trimen, R. & Bowker, J.H. South-African butterflies: a monograph of the extra-tropical species. Vol. 2: Erycinidae and Lycaenidae. vi + 242 pp, pls 7-9. London. text, pls. reference page 
  • Wallengren, H. D. J., 1857. Lepidoptera Rhopalocera in Terra Caffrorum a J.A. Wahlberg. Oversigt af Kongl. Vetenskaps-Akadeniens Forhandlingar. Stockholm annis 1838-1845. Collecta (n.s.) 2 (4): 55 pp. Archive reference page