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.)
Reliable, useful journalism needs your support.
Over 600 readers have donated over the years, to make articles like this one possible. We need your support to help Citizen Matters sustain and grow. Please do contribute today. Donate now
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):