Jalmenus evagoras Common Imperial Blue butterfly

Normf

Emerald Beach, Australia

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Jalmenus evagoras is an Australian lycaenid butterfly, which like many lycaenids has an apparently mutualistic relationship with ants. In the case of J. evagoras, these are ants in the genus Iridomyrmex. The Ants protect the butterly in all stages from egg to adult. Most ants would attach and eat butterflies. The males stay close to the food plant (arcacia) awaitiing the emergance of females who are mated with before thier wings are ready for flying!

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