Ciliate Blue


mating pair of Anthene, lycaenid butterfly from Nairobi, Kenya,  Photo © by Michael Plagens

Nairobi National Park, Kenya. 31 Oct 2016.

These small butterflies are dimorphic - i.e. the males and females appear different. I am uncertain which is the male, but might be the darker specimen on the right. Many butterflies in this genus have a relationship with ants on acacia in the larval stage.

Lycaenidae -- Blue, Hairstreak and Copper Butterfly Family

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Kenya Natural History

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