Toxophora coeruleiventris Karsch, 1887

Ground colour black, scutellum and abdomen blue, with white longitudinal stripes forming a pattern: with three dorsal stripes, with two wider lateral ones, one middle stripe, shortened anteriorly, and with two wider ventral stripes.
The female has almost all of the wing infuscated dark brown except for a narrow hyaline posterior edge, in the male the infuscation does not extend beyond the longitudinal vein that delimits the discoidal cell at the rear.

Original description by Karsch:

Key and description by Hesse:
More than front half of wings very dark smoky brown, the infusion extending in apical half almost to hind border or apices of all the cells beyond third posterior cell; longish scales on outer sides or at least on more than outer basal halves of first antennal joints white; pale scaling on abdomen entirely white, that along middle above in form of a narrow white line; dark scaling on thorax posteriorly, on scutellum and on abdomen above very characteristically deep purplish or ultramarine blue, with a submetallic sheen; venter dark-scaled or with a broad central stripe of dark scales; hind tibiae entirely dark-scaled, only a patch at base above shining silvery.

Dirstribution: Botswana, Burundi, Kenya, Mozambique, Sengal, South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Northern Province), Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Observation on iNat:

Posted on December 30, 2023 08:23 AM by traianbertau traianbertau


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