easily recognisable blue is in the European books only because of its
presence in western Morocco. It also flies in non-European Africa, in
the Middle East and in India, where this photograph was taken. The
distribution of the dark, branded spots on the underside hindwing is
unique. The male has a violet upperside while the female is brown.
Neither sex has a tail.
Various species of Acacia are
used as larval host plant and in Morocco the butterfly is said to fly
from February in a succession of broods throughout the summer.