Babul Blue

Azanus jesous ?

Babul Blue, Azanus jesous, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This butterfly was observed in shrubland habitat off Magadi Road, Kenya, Dec. 2015.

Some butterflies tend to fold their wings over their backs when perched while others tend to splay them parallel to the ground. Many butterflies use their wing surfaces to regulate insolation and thereby body temperature; when the wings are held out the insect is usually attempting to warm itself in the sun. In many butterflies the reverse side has a very different color pattern than the top surface.

The Babul Blue in Kenya likely feeds as a larva (caterpillar) on acacia leaves. A. jesous ranges from Africa to Asia and is associated with acacias across this range.

Lycaenidae -- Hairstreak and Blue Butterfly Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens. Page created 11 September 2015