B is for Butterfly

And this little beauty is called a Grass Jewel (Chilades trochylus). At only 14 – 18 mm, she is one of the smallest butterflies in the world and lives mostly in arid regions. I snapped this shot on a hike through Wadi Arbaeen in St. Katherine´s Protectorate. The butterfly is resting on the leaves of a Sinai milkweed plant. Need help identifying the butterflies you see in Egypt? Check out Butterflies of Egypt: Atlas, Red Data Listing, & Conservation by Francis Gilbert and Samy Zalat.  Prepared for the Nature Conservation Sector of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), this publication is available as a free PDF download.

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