Pale Grass Blue

Scientific Name
Pseudozizeeria maha
KOLLAR, 1844
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Pseudozizeeria maha Manas, Assam, India - Adrian Hoskins
Pseudozizeeria maha Manas, Assam, India – Adrian Hoskins

Introduction

The Grass Blues comprise of several superficially similar genera including Zizeeria, Zizula, Zizina, Pseudozizeeria and Chilades, all of which have representatives on the Indian subcontinent. They are all tiny butterflies – the genus Chilades for example includes the smallest known butterfly species on Earth: the Madagascan Grass Blue Chilades miniscula which has a wingspan of only 9mm.

The genus Pseudozizeeria comprises of a single species maha. It is widely distributed across much of Asia from Iran and Pakistan to China, Korea and Japan.

Pseudozizeeria maha Manas, Assam, India - Adrian Hoskins
Pseudozizeeria maha Manas, Assam, India – Adrian Hoskins

Habitats

This species is found in open grassy habitats. It is most abundant on the plains, but also commonly occurs on savannah / woodland mosaics, Acacia scrub, and in forest glades and clearings. It can be found at elevations between sea level and about 800m.

Lifecycle

The caterpillars feed on Oxalis ( Oxalidaceae ).

Pseudozizeeria maha Ultapani, Assam, India - Adrian Hoskins
Pseudozizeeria maha Ultapani, Assam, India – Adrian Hoskins

Adult behaviour

The adults nectar avidly at low-growing herbs including Tridax, Boerhavia, Trifolium and Medicago.

Pseudozizeeria maha Buxa, West Bengal, India - Adrian Hoskins
Pseudozizeeria maha Buxa, West Bengal, India – Adrian Hoskins

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