Fluffy tit

Zeltus amasa

''Zeltus'' is a butterfly genus in the family Lycaenidae, the blues. It is monotypic containing the species ''Zeltus amasa'', the fluffy tit, a small butterfly found in India. The wingspan is 28–32 millimeter. The butterfly is found in different regions of India, specially the Western Ghats, Sikkim to Assam. It can also be found in Myanmar, Thailand, West Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, Java and the Philippines.
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Appearance

The genus is small, and its wingspan is 28–32 millimeter. It has long fluffy tail , which makes it easily recognizable. The forewing color of male ''Zeltus'' is blackish, and the basal area's color is pale blue. The forewing color of female ''Zeltus'' is dark brown. The hindwing color of the male is pale blue, the color of the apex is black.

''Zeltus amasa'' has false eyes, legs, and antennae on the hindwing, which resembles and diverts attention from its real head. If it is attacked, its starts flying in an unexpected direction.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderLepidoptera
FamilyLycaenidae
GenusZeltus
SpeciesZ. amasa
Photographed in
India