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)
  • 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.


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 Camponotus.[3]


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  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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