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Black-bordered Babul Blue butterfly

Afrikaans name: Doringboom-bloutjie

Black-bordered Babul Blue

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Azanus moriqua

The Natal Spotted Blue is a small butterfly with a wingspan of less than 2.5 cm.

It is one of many similar butterflies and identification is difficult. They are bluish on the top side of their wings and white with black spots and marks on the underside.

In South Africa the Black-bordered Babul Blue can be found in most areas except the drier areas of the West Coast and the Western Cape area.

It can be found on the wing all year round. It prefers parks and gardens, forest edges, coastal areas, hillsides and flat lands.

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References

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 316

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 70

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