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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Azure Hairstreak (Hypolycaena canculus)

Family Lycaenidae - Lycaeninae
 A smallish butterfly with the males having a wingspan of 25-30mm and the females slightly larger.
 They are often seen in mud puddles from which they get their moisture.
 They are found the year round in forest edges, hilltops and rocky ridges in the northern regions.
Info: Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa (Steve Woodhall)

2 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

These look quite familiar to me but I never knew what they were. Hope you are having a great time with Gaelyn. Diane

Becky said...

I love these little guys, but find them so hard to photograph. They are forever on the move. PS They like goose poop around here. LOL