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Dotted Blue

Afrikaans name: Spikkelbloutjie

Dotted Blue

Dotted Blue butterfly

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Tarucus sybaris

The Dotted Blue butterfly can be found along the eastern and northern regions of South Africa. Although they can be seen all year round they are most common in summer.

They have a wingspan of around 2 cm or more. Males have bluish upper wings and white underwings with black bloches. They have a short streamer on their rear wings. Females are brown with white patches on their upperwings.

They are typically found in flat grassland but may also be on grassy hillsides and wetlands.

The larvae of the Dotted Blue feed on plants of the Zizphus genus.

Dotted Blue

Dotted Blue

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 214

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 48

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 264

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 199

What's That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2008 - Page: 1287

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