Azanus moriqua

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Black-bordered babul blue
Azanus moriqua, Skeerpoort, a.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Azanus
Species: A. moriqua
Binomial name
Azanus moriqua
(Wallengren, 1857)[1]
  • Lycaena moriqua Wallengren, 1857
  • Lycaena benigna Möschler, 1884

Azanus moriqua, the black-bordered babul blue or thorn-tree blue,[2] is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 19–24 mm in males and 19–25 mm in females. Its flight period is year-round but mainly between September and May.[2]

The larvae feed on Acacia species.[2]


  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.