Lampides boeticus

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Peablue or Long-tailed Blue
Peablue October 2007 Osaka Japan.jpg
Lampides boeticus underside
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Lampides
Species: L. boeticus
Binomial name
Lampides boeticus
(Linnaeus, 1767)
Synonyms
  • Papilio boeticus Linnaeus, 1767
  • Papilio damoetes Fabricius, 1775
  • Lycaena leguminis Scott, 1890 (unavailable syn)
  • Papilio coluteae Fuessly, 1775
  • Papilio archias Cramer, [1777]
  • Papilio pisorum Fourcroy, 1785
  • Papilio boetica Fabricius, 1793
  • Lampides armeniensis Gerhard, 1882
  • Polyommatus bagus Distant, 1886
  • Lampides grisescens Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides caerulea Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides caeruleafasciata Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides clara Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides clarafasciata Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides coerulea Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides ab. fasciata Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides fusca Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides ab. fuscafasciata Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides typicamarginata Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides ab. major Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides minor Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides typicafasciata Tutt, [1907]
  • Lampides ab. albovittata Oberthür, 1910
  • Lampides ab. ecaudata Oberthür, 1910
  • Polyommatus yanagawensis Hori, 1923
  • Lampides obsoleta Evans, [1925]
  • Lampides fusca de Sagarra, 1926
  • Lycaena ab. minor Pionneau, 1928
  • Lampides infuscata Querci, 1932
  • Lampides ab. kawachensis Hirose, 1933
  • Lampides anamariae Gómez Bustillo, 1973
  • Lampides boeticus f. michaeli Kroon, 1980

The Peablue, Pea Blue, or Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) is a small butterfly found in Europe, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia that belongs to the Lycaenids or gossamer-winged family.

The wingspan is 24–32 mm for males and 24–34 mm for females.

Ecology[edit]

The larvae feed on flowers, seeds and pods of many Fabaceae species, including Medicago, Crotalaria, Polygala, Sutherlandia, Dolichos, Cytisus, Spartium and Lathyrus species.[1] It has also been recorded on Crotolaria pallida[2]

In Australia, the larvae are occasionally attended by ants in the genera Froggattella, Iridomyrmex or Campanotus.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Woodhall, S. Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 2005.
  2. ^ Kunte, K. 2006. Additions to the known larval host plants of Indian butterflies. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 103(1):119-121
  3. ^ Braby, Michael F. (2004). The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. CSIRO Publishing. ISBN 0643090274. 
  • Evans, W.H. (1932) The Identification of Indian Butterflies. (2nd Ed), Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
  • Gaonkar, Harish (1996) Butterflies of the Western Ghats, India (including Sri Lanka) - A Biodiversity Assessment of a threatened mountain system. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society.
  • Gay, Thomas; Kehimkar,Isaac & Punetha,J.C.(1992) Common Butterflies of India. WWF-India and Oxford University Press, Mumbai, India.
  • Haribal, Meena (1994) Butterflies of Sikkim Himalaya and their Natural History.
  • Kunte, Krushnamegh (2005) Butterflies of Peninsular India. Universities Press.
  • Wynter-Blyth, M.A. (1957) Butterflies of the Indian Region, Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India.

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