10 July 2024

Pale Babul Blue - Tales Valley

Whilst birding the Talea Valley area near Abha I came across a group of blue butterflies on a wet area on the wadi floor. Some of them were Pale Babul Blue Azanus mirza a butterfly of the family Lycaenidae. It is found in the Afrotropical realm, including southwest Saudi Arabia. The wingspan is 20–25 millimetres in males and 21–25 millimetres in females. Its flight period is year-round but mainly between September and March and its host plant where the larvae feed is mainly Acacia. It is the back butterfly n the below photo.