There’s no denying that butterflies bring touches of bright colour to a dull, rainy day. At the Valley School near Bengaluru, on Gandhi Jayanti, (2 October 2017) we were singing the Blues…. Blues are Lyacaenid butterflies, which show a bright blue colour when flying (and which is often hidden when they alight and fold their wings.)
As Wikipedia puts it, Lyacaenidae is the second-largest family of butterflies (behind Nymphalidae, brush-footed butterflies), with over 6,000 species worldwide, whose members are also called gossamer-winged butterflies. They constitute about 30% of the known butterfly species. Some species among them are known to be feeding on ants, and sometimes making ants feed them, by means of a process called trophallaxis.
Here are a series of Blues, interspersed with silver and other colours.
Common Hedge Blue:
Danaid Eggfly female:
Pointed Ciliate Blue:
Spotless Grass Yellow:
Common Line Blue (on the tiny flowers of the Tephrosia purpurea):