Butterflies of the
Family - LYCAENIDAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
© Haraprasan Nayak
There are 23 species in the
genus Chilades, distributed variously
from Africa and India to China, and south through from Malaysia and
the islands of south-east Asia to Australia.
Chilades includes one of the smallest known butterfly species
on Earth - the Madagascan Grass Blue Chilades
( Freyeria )
miniscula, which has a wingspan of only 9mm.
Chilades parrhasius is a common
species, found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
This butterfly is mainly
associated with Acacia scrub at
elevations below about 100m.
To be completed.
Both sexes commonly
nectar at wild flowers including Tridax
and various Lamiaceae. They usually hold their wings erect when
feeding or at rest, but will sometimes bask with them held half open
in cloudy weather conditions.