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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
African Babul Blue
Azanus jesous  GUÉRIN-MÉNEVILLE, 1849
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - POLYOMMATINAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
Azanus jesous, Weligaththa, Sri Lanka © Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The genus Azanus comprises of 11 species distributed variously across Africa, the Arab states, the Indian subcontinent, and mainland south-east Asia.
Azanus jesous is found across the entire African continent including Madagascar, and in Asia from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka to Burma.
Habitats
This species is found in dry grassy habitats ranging from deserts, steppes, savannahs and thorn scrub, to clearings in the drier forests.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants are Acacia and Entada.
Adult behaviour

The butterflies are very active, and always fly very low, just above the grasses. They nectar avidly at any available wild flowers. They invariably keep their wings held erect when feeding.

Azanus jesous, Weligaththa, Sri Lanka © Adrian Hoskins

 

 

 

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