Lepidochrysops hypopolia Trimen & Bowker, 1887

Morant’s blue, Lost nimble blue



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Lycaena hypopolia Trimen & Bowker, 1887 (protonym)


Conservation Status


Last record: 1879

IUCN RedList status: Extinct



KwaZulu-Natal and North Western Province, South Africa


Biology & Ecology




Type locality: "Natal. Upper Districts. - Blue Bank, near Drakensberg; Transvaal - Potchefstroom District".


"Blue Bank, near Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal (two males caught by Walter Morant on 21 September 1870), and near Potchefstroom (North West Province) (one male leg. Thomas Ayres in 1879)...The Morant specimens are in The Natural History Museum (BMNH), London, and the Ayres specimen is in the South African Museum (SAM), Cape Town."

(Henning et al. 2009:54-55,55)






Original scientific description:

Trimen, R. and Bowker, J. H. (1887). South African butterflies, Volume 1. London: Trubner.


Other references:

Cockburn, K.N.A. 2020. Lepidochrysops hypopolia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T11537A168301541. Accessed on 19 June 2022.

Henning, Graham. (2014). Lepidoptera Conservation in South Africa–Part 1. Babbel Blues 2(Spring): 17-24.

Henning, S.F. and Henning, G.A. 1989. South Africa Red Data Book - Butterflies. Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria.

Henning, G. A., Terblanche, R. F. and Ball, J. B. (eds.). (2009). South African Red Data Book: butterflies. SANBI Biodiversity Series 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria. 158 pp.

Mecenero, S., Ball, J.B., Edge, D.A., Hamer, M.L., Henning, G.A., Krüger, M., Pringle, E.L., Terblanche, R.F. and Williams, M.C. (eds). 2013. Conservation assessment of butterflies of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland: Red List and Atlas. Saftronics (pty) Ltd and Animal Demography Unit, University of Cape Town, Johannesburg & Cape Town.

Mecenero, S., Edge, D.A. and Staude, H.S. 2015. Southern African Lepidoptera Conservation Assessment (SALCA). Metamorphosis 26: 116-122.

Pennington’s Butterflies of Southern Africa

(Pringle et al. 1994)

SANBI. 2012. Vegetation Map of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland [vector geospatial dataset] 2012. Available from the Biodiversity GIS website. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Williams, M.C. 2016. Butterflies and skippers of the Afrotropical Region. CD-ROM. Available from the author at

Woodhall, S.E. 2005. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Struik, Cape Town, South Africa.

World Conservation Monitoring Centre. (1996). Lepidochrysops hypopolia. In: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. ( Downloaded on 05 May 2012.


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