Polyommatus admetus

Anomalous Blue


by Matt Rowlings

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S Greece, July 2018

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S Greece, June 2013

Field notes and information

SE Europe. As with all anomalous blues, this species has no blue markings at all.

Identification & Similar species: It is the most distinctive of the anomalous blues with two strong rows of submarginal spots on the underside. The female has varying degrees of red-orange on the submarginal area of the upperside hindwing, although this is often completely absent.

Distribution & Flight: Widespread and frequently encountered in the southern Balkans, sporadic northwards into Hungary.

Habitat & Behaviour: Hot flowery grasslands, often very dry.

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NW Greece, July 2004

Male. Large rough area of andriconal scales clearly visible on the forewing.

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NW Greece, July 2004

Female showing orange lunules.

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S Greece, July 2018

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Peloppensos, Greece, July 2018

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Albania, July 2016

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S Greece, July 2018

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S Greece, June 2013

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NW Greece, July 2016

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Pelopennesos, Greece, July 2007

Female occasionally with a white streak.

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S Greece, July 2018

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Macedonia, Greece, July 2000

Usually it is hot enough for this butterfly not to open its wings. Here it is filmed at altitude where cooler air requires extra heating.

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NW Greece, August 2008

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Pelopennesos, Greece, July 2007