20 Oct 2016

Dark Grass Blue - Haradh

Whilst birding a number of large pivot irrigation fields in the Haradh area I cam across a small colony of Dark Grass Blue Zizeeria karsandra also known as Asian Grass Blue. It is a small butterfly found in the Arabian Peninsula in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman as well as the Southern Mediterranean, in a broad band to India, Sri Lanka, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea and northern and eastern Australia. They are abundant throughout the northern part of Saudi Arabia excepting the boarder are with Jordon. They are weak flyers keeping low and are not strong migrants. Colour and size varies probably depending on food source availability.
Dark Grass Blue

Dark Grass Blue

Dark Grass Blue

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