Afrikaans name: Spikkelbloutjie
Dotted Blue butterfly
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.
References and further readingButterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Published: 1994 - Page: 214
Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Published: 1978 - Page: 48
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 1st edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2005 - Page: 264
Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2020 - Page: 280
Ivor Migdolls Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Published: 1987 - Page: 199
Whats That Butterfly - Author: Steve Woodhall - Published: 2008 - Page: 1287