27 June 2015

Life History of the Common Hedge Blue

Life History of the Common Hedge Blue (Acytolepis puspa lambi)

Butterfly Biodata:
Genus: Acytolepis Toxopeus, 1927
Species: puspa Horsfield, 1828
Sub-species: lambi Distant, 1992
Wingspan of Adult Butterfly: 25-30mm
Caterpillar Local Host Plants: Combretum sundaicum (Combretaceae), Ventilago maingayi (
Rhamnaceae), Prunus polystachya (Rosaceae), Rosa hybrids (Rosaceae).

Physical Description of Adult Butterfly:
On the upperside, the male is shining blue with a black border widening to about 2mm at the forewing apex; and the female is pale shining blue with very broad black borders on both wings. On the underside, the wings are greyish white and have the usual black marginal spots and post-discal bands on both wings. In addition, each hindwing features several black spots in the basal half and one small black spot at the extreme base of space 7.

A sunbathing male Common Hedge Blue showing us its wing upperside.

Field Observations of Butterfly Behaviour:
This species is moderately common in Singapore. It is usually found in forested areas of the nature reserves but occasional sightings have been made in urban parks and gardens. They have been observed to sunbathe with open wings and puddle on damp forest paths.