Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus)
Species

Male. Taken at Dolna Kula, Bulgaria, on June 20th 2014.
(1/640th sec at f13. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Male underside. Taken at Dolna Kula, Bulgaria, on June 20th 2014.
(1/640th sec at f13. Approx 3x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Description

Wing span: 24 - 34mm

Male Long-tailed Blues are steely violet-blue in colour, whereas the femles are more brownish. Underside markings are distinctive. Both sexes have distinctive tails.

This species is widely distributed, and can be found in Europe, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Australia. It is a rare vagrant in the British Isles.

It can be found in hot, dry, flowery places, and also in cultivated pea and bean crops.

There are several broods per year, and it is continuously brooded in the Canary Islands.

The larvae feed on flowers, seeds and pods of many Fabaceae species, including Medicago, Crotalaria, Polygala, Sutherlandia, Dolichos, Cytisus, Spartium and Lathyrus species.

Sightings

20-Jun-2014 : nr Dolna Kula, Bulgaria
14-Sep-2010 : Alameda Botanic Gardens, Gibraltar (1)
04-Mar-2008 : Madeira
13-May-2004 : Porto Santo