07 May 2016

Pea Blue Butterfly – Record by Vinu Mathew

Vinu Mathew found and photographed a Pea Blue Lampides boeticus recently near Dhahran and kindly snet me his photos and has allowed me to use them on my website. The Peablue, Pea Blue, or Long-tailed Blue is one of the most widely distributed lycaenids and is a small butterfly found in Europe, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia that belongs to the lycaenids or gossamer-winged family. Due to its utilization of pea spp. as host plants, it is considered as a pest of pea crops in certain places. The adults are strong flyers with a jerky and rapid flight. The wingspan is 24–32 mm for males and 24–34 mm for females. The larval foodplants include cultivated legumes such as Broad-leaved Everlasting-pea, Narrow-leaved Everlasting-pea and also Broom and Lucerne.
Pea Blue