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African Babul Blue
Azanus jesous


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India, October 2012

This 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.