Sunday, 15 January 2017

235. Syntarucus plinius plinius (The Zebra Blue)

Number: 235
Family: Lycaeniidae
Sub-Family: Polyommatiinae
Species: Syntarucus plinius plinius (Fabricius, 1793)
Synonym: Leptotes plinius (Fabricius, 1793)
Common name(s): The Zebra Blue, The Plumbago Blue
Photography location: Hanoi City

Syntarucus plinius (male), Hanoi, January 04, 2017

 Commonly known as Zebra Blue in reference to its zebra-striped undersides
An amazing wing pattern, indeed! 

The top side of male butterflies are purple in colour with brown wing edges
The females are brown with a patchy white pattern.

 The caterpillar feeds on the flowers and buds of Plumbago species notably
Plumbago zeylanica (photo), hence the other english name of this Lycaenid: Plumbago Blue

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