South Asian Journal of Life Sciences

Research Article
S. Asian J. Life Sci. 3 (1): 14 - 21
http://dx.doi.org/10.14737/journal.sajls/2015/3.1.14.21
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Harinath Palem, Suryanarayana Kanike, Venkata Ramana Sri Purushottam*

Department of Zoology, Yogi Vemana University, Y. S. R Kadapa District- 51600, Andhra Pradesh, India.

*Correspondence | Venkata Ramana Sri, Yogi Vemana University, Vemanapuram, Kadapa, Y. S. R Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh, India; Email: akshay@yogivemanauniversity.ac.in


Abstract
Life history of the long tailed blue butterfly also called pea blue, Lampides boeticus (Linnaeus) with respect to larval stages, diet consumption, exploitation and the length of lifae phase was designed to perform. The study was conducted between January to December 2014 at Yogi Vemana University Campus (78°42’46.429’ E, 14°28’10.542’ N) and Campus Botanical garden (78°42’44.539’ E, 14°28’25.59’ N), Kadapa, India. Lampides boeticus completes its life cycle in 15-22 days (Eggs 2-3 days, Larvae: 8-12days, Pre-Pupa:2-3days, Pupa: 3-4 days). The standards of food indices across the instars include Approximate Digestibility (AD): 90 – 96.07%; Growth Rate (GR): 0.51 - 0.64, Consumption index (CI): 11.54 - 5.95, Efficiency of Conversion of Digested food (FCD): 03.98 – 11.25%; Efficiency of Conversion of Ingested food (ECD): 03.85 – 10.80% as measured in the research laboratory. The relatively high values of ECD and ECI partially explain the ecological success of this butterfly in the present study enviroment.

Keywords | Life history, Lampides boeticus, Vigna trilobata (L.), Food indices, Yogi Vemana University Campus, Sothern Andhra Pradesh

Editor | Muhammad Nauman Zahid, Quality Operations Laboratory, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan.

Received | August 08, 2015; Revised | October 04, 2015; Accepted | October 05, 2015; Published | October 24, 2015

Citation | Palem H, Kanike S, Purushottam VRS (2015). Eco biology and life cycle of the pea blue butterfly, Lampides boeticus (Linnaeus) (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera: Lycaenidae) from Southern Andhra Pradesh, India. S. Asian J. Life Sci. 3(1): 14-21.

ISSN | 2311–0589

Copyright © 2015 Palem et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.