Lepidoptera The Tailed Blue Butterfly – Lycana Batica
We now come to a genus containing no less than ten species of beautiful little butterflies, known commonly as the ‘Blues;’ but one of them exhibits no trace of the colour so characteristic of the group, although it resembles the others in structure and habits.
Our first example is the Tailed Blue, known also as the Pea-pod Argus. The upper side of this insect (
This butterfly abounds in the countries of South Europe, where the caterpillar feeds on the pods of certain leguminous plants; but only a few stragglers have been taken in England, so that its reputation as a true Britisher is very uncertain. It is highly probable that the two or three specimens caught on our south coast were blown over from the Continent, and that the insect has never bred on this side of the Channel.