Azanus mirza

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Pale babul blue
Pale babul blue (Azanus mirza).jpg
Bobiri Forest, Ghana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Azanus
Species: A. mirza
Binomial name
Azanus mirza
(Plötz, 1880)[1]
Synonyms
  • Lycaena mirza Plötz, 1880
  • Azanus occidentalis Butler, 1888
  • Azanus mirza f. dificiens Dufrane, 1953
  • Azanus mirza f. ornata Dufrane, 1953
  • Lycaena mirzaellus Koçak, 1980

Azanus mirza, the pale babul blue or mirza blue,[2] is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 20–25 millimetres (0.79–0.98 in) in males and 21–25 millimetres (0.83–0.98 in) in females. Its flight period is year-round but mainly between September and March.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia and Allophylus species.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Azanus at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  2. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.