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Desert babul blue – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Desert babul blue

Azanus ubaldus

The smaller of the babul blue butterflies with a wingspan of 16-23 mm, females are a silky brown with a bluish-purple tint while males are a light blue. Like the African babul, the desert prefers dry places such as scrub, river valleys, forest clearings, grassland, and semi-desert. Host plants are represented by members of the acacia family (Mimosaceae). This migratory species flies from late January through late April.

Photographs

Attribution: Dr. Raju Kasambe (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Firos AK (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Attribution: Dr. Raju Kasambe (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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