Azanus natalensis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Natal babul blue
Natal babul blue (Azanus natalensis) underside.jpg
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Lycaenidae
Genus: Azanus
Species: A. natalensis
Binomial name
Azanus natalensis
(Trimen & Bowker, 1887)
  • Lycaena natalensis Trimen & Bowker, 1887

Azanus natalensis, the Natal babul blue or Natal spotted blue,[1] is a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Afrotropic ecozone.

The wingspan is 23–27 mm in males and 24–30 mm in females. Its flight period is year-round but mainly between September and May.[1]

The larvae feed on Acacia species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Woodhall, Steve (2005). Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: Struik. ISBN 978-1-86872-724-7.