Friday, July 29, 2011

African Babul Blue (Azanus jesous gamra)


An uncommon butterfly of lowlands below 300m a.s.l. Much common in the dry zone and mostly appearing during the dry season of the year.  It is usually found settling at the end of a twig or thorn of a tree. It flies close to the ground and much fond of roadsides of the open areas or shrubs rather than jungles.  Food plants are Acacia species such as Acavia leucophloea (Katu Andara) and Acacia nilotica. African Babul blue also flies in Africa, Arabia and India. The larvae are attended by ants (Woodhouse L.G.O. The Butterfly fauna of Ceylon 1950)

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