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Butterflies of the Indian subcontinent
Pale Grass Blue
Pseudozizeeria maha  KOLLAR, 1844
Family - LYCAENIDAE
subfamily - POLYOMMATINAE
Tribe - POLYOMMATINI
Pseudozizeeria maha  Manas, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins
Introduction
The Grass Blues comprise of several superficially similar genera including Zizeeria, Zizula, Zizina, Pseudozizeeria and Chilades, all of which have representatives on the Indian subcontinent. They are all tiny butterflies - the genus Chilades for example includes the smallest known butterfly species on Earth: the Madagascan Grass Blue Chilades miniscula which has a wingspan of only 9mm.
The genus Pseudozizeeria comprises of a single species maha. It is widely distributed across much of Asia from Iran and Pakistan to China, Korea and Japan.
Pseudozizeeria maha  Manas, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins
Habitats
This species is found in open grassy habitats. It is most abundant on the plains, but also commonly occurs on savannah / woodland mosaics, Acacia scrub, and in forest glades and clearings. It can be found at elevations between sea level and about 800m.
Lifecycle
The caterpillars feed on Oxalis ( Oxalidaceae ).
Pseudozizeeria maha  Ultapani, Assam, India Adrian Hoskins
Adult behaviour

The adults nectar avidly at low-growing herbs including Tridax, Boerhavia, Trifolium and Medicago.

Pseudozizeeria maha  Buxa, West Bengal, India Adrian Hoskins
 

 

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