Long-tailed blue

Lampides boeticus boeticus

A tailed blue butterfly with a wingspan of 25-36 mm, females are typically larger and dark brownish with some bluish patches while males are light violet-blue and often confused with Lang’s short-tailed. The long-tailed lives in many different habitats, along the coastline, in farmland, gardens, waste ground, dry grassland, forest edges, alpine meadows, and semi-desert. Host plants are mainly legumes like purple lablab (Lablab purpurens), broad-leaved vetchling (Lathyrus latifolius), garden pea (Pisum sativum), Spanish broom (Spartium junceum), false acacia (Robinia pseudo-acacia), bladder sennas (Colutea spp.), mannas (Alhagi spp.), milk-vetches (Astragalus spp.), as well as the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum). This migratory species flies February through November in several broods, the flight is fast and close to the ground.

Video

 male

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 female

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