Azanus jesous - Topaz-spotted blue

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Azanus jesous

Photo(s): Bart Wursten, dry Acacia scrub at the base of Mt Buchwa.

Species details:

Notes: Throughout the year but most abundant in summer. Upperside male purple-blue with a narrow black border; female brownish with purple-blue in the centre and a distinct brown 'comma' in each forewing.
Distribution: Throughout Southern Africa, where Acacia spp are found.
Related plant families:
Related plant genera:
Fabaceae subfamily MimosoideaeAcacia (Food plant)
Related plant species:
Fabaceae subfamily MimosoideaeAcacia karroo (Food plant)
Literature: Henning, G.A., Pringle, E.L.L. & Ball, J.B. (1994), Pennington's Butterflies of Southern Africa, Struik Winchester, Cape Town, p. 277.
Williams, M,C. (2008), Butterflies and Skippers of the Afrotropical Region, File M. Lycaeninae, Polyomatinae, Online Encyclopaedia, p. 90
Woodhall, S. (2005), Field guide to Butterflies of South Africa, Struik Publishers, Cape Town, p. 314.

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Lepidoptera - Butterflies and Moths: Azanus jesous ., retrieved 28 February 2024

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